Is this our last chance?
Sovereign Soil

Salt Beyoğlu, Online

December 8 – December 18, 2022

Sovereign Soil 1 <i>Sovereign Soil</i> [Yüce Topraklar] (2019) filminden bir kare 
©National Film Board of Canada
Still from Sovereign Soil (2019)
©National Film Board of Canada
December 8, 19.00, Salt Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema
December 12-18,

Sovereign Soil (2019)
Director: David Curtis
91 minutes
English; Turkish subtitles

In the depth of Canada’s boreal forest, outside the small sub-Arctic town of Dawson City, Yukon, a handful of unlikely farmers are growing everything from snow-covered Brussels sprouts to apples. These modern-day agrarians have carved out small patches of fertile soil in an expanse of isolated wilderness to make a living and a life. One young family taps birch trees for syrup, homeschooling their children in the steam of boiling sap and lovingly scratching the rumps of their pigs before slaughter. A third-generation German horticulturist, struggling to keep moose out of his radishes, alters Dawson’s food supply while facing the limits of agriculture in the North. The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in youth raised hunting and trapping, who now weeds rows of lettuce on their self-governing First Nation’s teaching farm, the couple grafting fruit trees, the tomato wizard grappling with chronic illness, and the matriarch who can shoot and quarter a moose, are all in it for the same reason—a profound love of the land.

Dawson filmmaker David Curtis follows these resilient, unassuming farmers over a year, watching as the heavy dark of winter gives way to the incessant summer sun. As the seasons pass, time slows and transforms, reshaping notions of what really matters through the simple, rich day-to-day of people deeply tied to a life in the wilds. Sovereign Soil is an ode to the beauty of this ferocious, remote land and the wisdom of those who’ve chosen to call it home.

Following the Walk-in Cinema screening on Thursday, December 8 at 19.00, the film will be streamed online between December 12-18 via

Salt’s Is this our last chance? program is supported by its founder Garanti BBVA, and is open to everyone. The films will be streamed in their original language with Turkish subtitles, and can only be accessed online by audiences in Turkey.

In accordance with Article 7 of Law No. 5224 amended on 18.01.2019, films that have not been assessed and classified by the General Directorate of Cinema, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, can only be screened under the classification of 18+ at festivals, special screenings or similar culture and arts events.