Someplace Better

Director: Dennis Allen
Screenwriters: Dennis Allen

Institute History

  • 2001 Sundance Film Festival


Filmmaker Dennis Allen hails from Yellowknife, Canada, the setting for Someplace Better, the story of a tribal police officer and his daily efforts to create balance in his isolated and old-time community. The first three images of Allen's film contain a beauty and essence that stand alone. Working with a cast and crew from his community, Allen's film relates a collision of culture and foreign law when an old man faces the heart-wrenching tragedy of his abusive grandson. Allen brings an insightful and triumphant directorial vision to this place and story.

Screening Details

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