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Carrying Fire

Carrying Fire

| 3 min
2009 13 films

Vistas - 13 short films on the theme of "nationhood". Produced by the National Film Board of Canada and APTN.


This short film weaves together animation and live action to show how the fire of our spirit is passed from one camp and one generation to the next.

  • writer
    Marie Burke
  • director
    Marie Burke
  • camera
    Wes Doyle
  • visual effects supervisor
    Kim Clegg
  • compositor
    Jeremy Webb
    Ryan Malmo-Harper
    Christine Shankowsky
  • editing
    Doug Forbes
  • recording
    John Blerot
  • mixing
    John Blerot
  • on-line
    Joe Owens
  • colourist
    Joe Owens
  • actor
    Travis Dugas
    Melody Goodstriker
    Jordanna Kreider
    Ryan Burke
  • composer
    Leo McGilvery
  • music - performance
    Elsie Gauthier
  • archives
    Marie Burke
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
    Scott Collins
  • administration
    Darin Clausen
    Cyndi Forcand
  • production coordinator
    Faye Yoneda
    Ginette D'Silva
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
    Kelly Fox
  • series producer
    Vanessa Loewen
    Joe MacDonald
  • series executive producer
    Derek Mazur
    Peter Strutt
  • producer
    Bonnie Thompson
  • executive producer
    David Christensen


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Ages 14 to 17

Diversity - Diversity in Communities
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society

The Sacred Fire is an important spiritual ceremony that provides participants with a moment of reflection, contemplation, and peace. How has the filmmaker symbolized the elements (i.e. four directions, sharing, blessings, elders, etc.) associated with this ceremony? Show how other elements of First Nations history are integrated into this film: residential schools, traditional lifestyles versus urban life, youth identity? Explore how sight and vision receive emphasis as important yet distinct elements in the film.

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