Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics

Short Forum

A young girl of mixed ancestry endures a challenging journey of self-discovery through an unflinching examination of the European and Indigenous ethics embedded inside her.

Screens in program VIFF Short Forum: Programme 6

Director Icon Director
Terril Calder

Gail Maurice, Kent Mcquaid, Lake Delisle, Terril Calder
Executive Producer Michael Fukushima, Robert McLaughlin
Producer Jelena Popović
Screenwriter Terril Calder
Animation Terril Calder
Editor Jeff Barnaby
Production Design Terril Calder
Music Judith Gruber-Stitzer
Production Company National Film Board of Canada
Contact National Film Board of Canada
Canada 2021 20 min. In English and Anishinaabemowin Clip 1 | Clip 2


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One of the foremost Métis media artists practicing in Canada today, Terril Calder is a multi-disciplinary creator born in Fort Frances, Ontario, and currently living in Toronto. Calder’s films have been screened at major festivals and venues across Canada and internationally, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam, the Berlinale, the Tampere Film Festival, and imagineNATIVE. Calder’s notable film honours include Best Experimental Film from imagineNATIVE for The “Gift, (2011), an Honourable Mention at the Sundance Film Festival, a Genie Award nomination for Best Animation, and a Special Mention at the Berlinale (Generation 14+).

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