Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics

Terril Calder
2021 | 19 min
Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics dives deeply into the innate contrast between the Seven Deadly Sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Pride and Envy) and the Seven Sacred Teachings (Love, Respect, Wisdom, Courage, Truth, Honesty and Humility), as embodied in the life of a precocious Métis baby. Brought to life by Terril Calder’s darkly beautiful stop-motion animation, her inner turmoil of abuse is laid bare with unflinching honesty. Convinced she’s soiled and destined for Hell, Baby Girl receives teachings that fill her with strength and pride, and affirm a path towards healing. Calder’s tour-de-force unearths a hauntingly familiar yet hopeful world that illuminates the bias of colonial systems
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Awards and distinctions

  • Trickster Award
    Skoden Indigenous Film Festival, Vancouver
    2022
  • International Jury Special Mention
    Tricky Women International Women's Animated Film Festival, Vienna
    2022
  • Audience Award for Top Canadian Short
    GIRAF International Festival of Independent Animation, Calgary
    2021
  • Special Mention - Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation
    International Animation Festival, Ottawa
    2021
  • Indigenous Award
    Yorkton Film Festival, Yorkton
    2021
  • Animation
    Yorkton Film Festival, Yorkton
    2021
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