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Red Ochre

Red Ochre

| 3 min
2009 13 films

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


Combining archival photos with new and found footage, this short film presents a personal, impressionistic rendering of what it's like growing up Mi'kmaq in Newfoundland, while living in a culture of denial.

  • writer
    Jerry Evans
  • director
    Jerry Evans
  • editing
    Chris Darlington
  • animation
    Chris Darlington
  • cinematography
    Chris Darlington
  • original music
    Lori Clarke
  • sound design
    Lori Clarke
  • song - performer
    Jerry Evans
    Jason Morriseau
  • recording
    Lori Clarke
  • mixing
    Lori Clarke
  • online editing
    Steve Cook
  • production supervisor
    Candice Desormeaux
  • administration
    John William Lutz
    Cyndi Forcand
  • production coordinator
    Stephanie Coolen
    Vanessa Larsen
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
    Amy Stewart Gallant
  • series producer
    Vanessa Loewen
    Joe MacDonald
  • series executive producer
    Derek Mazur
    Peter Strutt
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
  • executive producer
    Kent Martin


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Ages 14 to 17

Diversity - Identity
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Media Education - Film and Video Production

Compare the significance of the opening scenes with the series of doors that reveal various milestones to the final scene showing the protagonist standing next to his daughter. Explore what gives unity to the film narrative in this multi-media presentation. The colour red plays a subtle though prominent role in describing identity. Explain how the use of colour in Red Ochre signifies First Nations pride but also reveals issues of cultural conflict.

Red Ochre
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