Someplace Better

Dennis Allen

2001, 27:50 minutes, colour, English


Set in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Someplace Better tells follows an elderly Dene widower and his community after he kills his abusive grandson in self-defence. Anticipating the worst, and weary of his dismal life, he summons an old friend to help him prepare for a journey to the spirit world. Meanwhile, a young Dene police officer, disillusioned by the current justice system and badgered by dreams of cultural genocide and the role of law, is caught between two worlds when he realizes the widower is guilty of the murder. He consults an elder who warns him of an impending crisis where his loyalties will be tested. A recent southern police recruit thickens the soup with his ignorance and arrogance toward native people. He has no sympathy for the old man and bulldozes his way through an investigation. The impasse occurs when the old man dupes police and escapes into the woods to execute his departure from the physical world. A double chase ensues and the three meet at a cultural crossroads; one enforcing the law, one defying it and one undecided. Who will make the first move?

Rental and Sales

Single Screening Rental


Educational Purchase DVD (Bluray +$15)


5 Year Educational Streaming License, Digital File with DVD Circulation Copy


Gallery Exhibition and Installation, complete Media Request form for quote

Institutional Archival Acquisition, complete Media Request form for quote

Curators and programmers, please contact to receive a login and password to preview Vtape titles online.

Screening and exhibition rentals and archival acquisitions include public performance rights; educational purchases or licenses include rights for classroom screenings and library circulation. When placing an order the customer agrees to our general online terms and conditions. Payment (or a purchase order number) and a signed licensing agreement must be received before media can be shipped to the client.