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Remember Peter Stebbings' last film, "Defendor"? Featuring Woody Harrelson in a wacky costume, the movie won people's hearts and was a smash hit at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.

Vancouver-born Stebbings is back with "Empire of Dirt," which is set to premiere at this year's TIFF.

"Empire of Dirt" focuses on an impoverished single mother who's trying to save her teenage daughter from the streets. Also, the mother returns home and attempts to reconcile with her own mother.It's an interesting tri-level generational story, full of heartbreak and poignant moments.

Three native female protagonists -- Jennifer Podemski ("Take This Waltz"), Luke Kirby ("Take This Waltz") and fresh faces Cara Gee and Shahiyela Pourier-Eyre -- take on the lead roles.

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Podemski, who also produced the film, brought the script to Stebbings while he was editing "Defendor."

You can check out "Empire of Dirt" at TIFF.