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Vistas: Walk-in-the-Forest

Vistas: Walk-in-the-Forest

| 3 min

Diane Obomsawin's whimsical animated short follows medicine man Walk-in-the-forest on a walk in the woods that leads to the discovery of an intriguing secret world.

Vistas is a series of 13 short films on nationhood from 13 Indigenous filmmakers from Halifax to Vancouver. It was a collaborative project between the NFB and APTN to bring Indigenous perspectives and stories to an international audience.

  • writer
    Diane Obomsawin
  • director
    Diane Obomsawin
  • animator
    Diane Obomsawin
  • original music
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • sound
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • musician
    Anant Jesse
    Bob Olivier
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • technical co-ordination
    Julie Laperrière
  • digital imaging
    Stephan Gaudreault
    Susan Gourley
  • recording
    Serge Boivin
    Shelley Craig
    Luc Léger
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • mix
    Serge Boivin
    Shelley Craig
    Luc Léger
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • online editing
    Yannick Carrier
    Denis Gathelier
    Denis Pilon
  • administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Rosalina Di Sario
    Cyndi Forcand
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
    Mia Desroches
  • executive producer
    Joe MacDonald
    Derek Mazur
    Vanessa Loewen
    Peter Strutt
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima


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Ages 14 to 17

Arts Education - Visual Arts
Media Education - Film Animation
Technology Education - Communications and Technology

This animated short plays on the traditional notions of First Nations art. Identify three key characteristics of First Nations art. After viewing Walk-in-the-Forest, ask students how the animator integrates traditional aboriginal styles, and motifs into this short film. Consider how the animation evokes a style that is reminiscent of traditional NFB animated films. Define the word “iconic” and explain how this film draws influences from iconic sources.

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