Directed by Peter Stebbings, Empire of Dirt received the Best Canadian Film Award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It stars Cara Gee and Shay Eyre as a mother and daughter living in poverty in Toronto where they’re trying to come to grips with a troubled family history tied to residential schools, alcoholism and abuse. Ultimately, the struggle forces them return home to their roots.

To commemorate National Aboriginal History Month Empire of Dirt is screening at the RPL Theatre Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday at 7 p.m.  Here’s the trailer: