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Christmas at Moose Factory - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB522373
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Wolf Koenig, Robert Verrall
Directors:  Alanis Obomsawin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Indigenous Peoples, Religious Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1971
Running Time:  13:07

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Released in 1971, this lyrical short documentary marked the directorial debut of legendary Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin.  Filmed at a residential school in Northern Ontario, it is composed entirely of drawings by young Cree children and stories told by the children themselves.   Listening has been at the core of Obomsawin’s practice since the very beginning.  “Documentary film,” she described in a 2017 interview, “is the one place that our people can speak for themselves. I feel that the documentaries that I’ve been working on have been very valuable for the people, for our people to look at ourselves…and through that be able to make changes that really count for the future of our children to come.”

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