Four Faces of the Moon is an animated short told in four chapters, exploring the reclamation of language and Nationhood and peeling back the layers of Canada’s colonial history. This is a personal story told through the eyes of director and writer Amanda Strong, as she connects the oral and written history of her family as well as the history of the Métis, Cree and Anishnaabe People and their cultural link to the buffalo.
Canada’s extermination agenda on the buffalo isn’t recorded as fervently as it was in the United States, yet the same tactics were used north of the border to control the original inhabitants of the land. This story seeks to uncover some of that history and establish the importance of cultural practice, resistance and language revival from a personal perspective. The moon is used as a symbol to mark the passage of each chapter. The moon holds great importance in Cree and Anishnaabe culture as a seasonal guide, and a marker of change.
The ninth edition of INDIANER INUIT: THE NORTH AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL took place as an in-person event at the TREFFPUNKT ROTEBÜHLPLATZ (Stuttgart, Germany) from February 2-5, 2023.