Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes)

2018, Amanda Strong

Posted by John Martz, July 01, 2020

Based on the writings of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, this stop motion short from director Amanda Strong tells the story of a young Anishinaabe artist named Biidaaban and a 10,000-year-old shapeshifter named Sabe, who join forces to reclaim the maple trees from a suburban Ontario neighbourhood by harvesting their sap in the wee hours of the morning. It is a uniquely modern fable that speaks to the reclamation of Indigenous land and ceremonies in Canada.