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The Gift

The Gift

| 48 min

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This short documentary examines the role of corn in the lives of Indigenous peoples in the Americas. Before colonization, corn was widely used as a beverage, a food staple, an oil, and a ceremonial object. It was respected and revered as a critical part of creation. This film explores the powerful bond and spiritual relationship that continues to exist between people and corn.

Combining interviews, dance, and song, The Gift captures the traditional, spiritual, economic, and political importance of this sacred plant.

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The Gift, Gary Farmer, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Gary Farmer
  • producer
    Jerry Krepakevich
  • editor
    Su Rynard
  • cinematography
    Alan Lawrence
    Alexis Hurtado
  • additional photography
    Gary Farmer
  • stills photographer
    Millie Knapp
  • sound recordist
    Adrian Tucker
    Fernando H. Perez
  • additional sound
    Delbert Crowe
  • additional editing
    Thomas Fletcher
  • Avid support
    Thomas Fletcher
  • assistant editor
    Zoe L. Hopkins
    Stephen Wright
  • sound editor
    Alistair Gray
  • sound effects editor
    Cailey Milito
  • assistant sound editor
    Anthony D'Andrea
  • music editor
    Steve Raiman
  • sound mix
    Dino Pigat
    Christian Cooke
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea