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Vistas Series (Ages 12-14)

Vistas Series (Ages 12-14)

Vistas is a series of short films on the subject of nationhood. From Halifax to Vancouver, every production studio in the NFB's English Program participated in this project, resulting in 13 unique films from 13 Aboriginal filmmakers.

Pour visionner cette sélection en français, cliquez ici.

Films in This Playlist Include
Vistas: Button Blanket
Vistas: Crossing the Line
Vistas: Dancers of the Grass
Vistas: Ignition
Vistas: Little Thunder
Vistas - The Visit
Vistas: Trapper
Vistas: Wave a Red Flag

  • Button Blanket
    Button Blanket

    This short impressionist documentary looks at the creation of a Button Blanket by integrating the performance of a traditional dance with the art of the West Coast Heiltsuk Nation.


  • Crossing the Line
    Crossing the Line
    2009|3 min

    Filmmaker Tracey Deer's short film turns the politics and conflicts of a playground sandbox into an allegory for the way nations treat one another, and the borders seem to do more harm than good.

  • Dancers of the Grass
    Dancers of the Grass
    2009|2 min

    This short film presents a stunning display of a stop-motion animation as it vividly depicts the majesty of the hoop dance, a tradition symbolizing the unity of all nations.

  • Ignition
    2009|3 min

    This animated short evokes the experience of driving alone on an unlit rural road at night. Darkness is broken by the beam of headlights, creating dancing shadows that obscure what lies beyond the road.

  • Little Thunder
    Little Thunder

    This animated short, inspired by the Mi'kmaq legend "The Stone Canoe" explores Indigenous humour. We follow Little Thunder as he reluctantly leaves his family and sets out on a cross-country canoe trip to become a man.

  • The Visit
    The Visit
    2009|3 min

    This animated short tells the true story of a Cree family's strange encounter one winter night, which results in a conversation beyond words.

  • Trapper
    2009|2 min

    This beautiful short film captures the quiet dignity of a day in the life of a Northern trapper, without use of any dialogue.

  • Wave a Red Flag
    Wave a Red Flag
    2009|4 min

    In this short film, a young girl discovers the meaning of community and cultural pride after her mother insists she wave a red flag on her way to school.