Christmas at Moose Factory

Christmas at Moose Factory

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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 said 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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Credits
  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • script
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • producer
    Wolf Koenig
  • executive producer
    Robert Verrall
  • photography
    Ben Low
  • animation camera
    Raymond Dumas
  • sound
    Jacques Drouin
  • sound editing
    Bill Graziadei
  • re-recording
    Roger Lamoureux
  • music
    Sinclair Cheecho
    Jane Cheecho
    Arthur Cheecho

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