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Christmas at Moose Factory

Directed by Alanis Obomsawin
Canada, 1971 (documentary / children's, 13 minutes, colour, English)
Christmas at Moose Factory
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"Children's crayon drawings, and the voice of a little girl telling what the pictures are about, create a charming study of life at Christmas time in Moose Factory, an old settlement, mainly of Indian families, on the shore of James Bay. Incidents big and small are illustrated and described with childish candor, conveying to the viewer a strong sense of being there."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Alanis Obomsawin
Produced by: Wolf Koenig, Robert Verrall
Cinematography: Ben Low
Music: Sinclair Cheecho, Jane Cheecho, Arthur Cheecho
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
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"In rapid succession, [Alanis] Obomsawin shows us several drawings of a conventional Christmas star, before she mixes in cultural difference, suddenly but unthreateningly, through peals of laughter and two-dimensional images familiar to every parent, uncle, or aunt. As a drawing of an angel appears on-screen, several young voices are quick to tell us that it is no ordinary angel -- it is an 'Indian angel,' we learn."
-- Randolph Lewis (source)

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