My Country No More
Between 2011 and 2016, drilling for oil in America reached an unprecedented peak, setting off a modern-day gold rush in one of the most rural communities in the country: Trenton, N.D. Kalie Rider and her older brother Jed are both striving to rebuild farming in their family, having suffered the foreclosure of their parents’ land during the traumatic 1980s farm crisis. When their uncle Roger makes a decision to sell some of his acreage, it sets off a domino effect of industrialization. Now, with even the Trenton church being eyed for a diesel refinery, the community becomes riven by competing interests. As Jed faces the possibility of having to uproot his young family and move away, Kalie learns to organize and resist. Although the film involves the science, politics, and environmental impacts of fracking, “My Country No More” is far more a portrait of people living within a specific Western idiom where a personal connection to the land matters more than money.