Accompanied by a 10,000-year-old shape-shifter and friend known as Sabe, Biidaaban sets out on a mission to reclaim the ceremonial harvesting of sap from maple trees in an unwelcoming suburban neighbourhood in Ontario. 

Our oral histories are our truths, so I argue the boundaries of documentary all the time.... Land development is an issue. It’s a real thing. The animals who have been removed from the land — that’s a real thing. People who are disconnected from our culture, it’s a real thing. Our oral stories of characters such as Sabe, those are real things. So it’s a hard one. I would argue yes, it’s a documentary — sort of.
— Michelle Lattimar

about director

Amanda Strong is an Indigenous filmmaker, media artist and stop motion director currently based out of the unceded Coast Salish territory also known as Vancouver. Her work explores ideas of blood memory and Indigenous ideology. Her background in photography, illustration and media extend into her award-winning stop motion animations. Her films Indigo and Mia’ challenge conventional structures of storytelling in cinema and have screened internationally, most notably at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and Ottawa International Animation Festival. Her short animation Four Faces of the Moon can be viewed online through CBC Short Docs. The story is told in four chapters, exploring the reclamation of language and Nationhood, while peeling back the layers of Canada’s colonial history, revealing Canada’s extermination agenda on the buffalo.

Amanda has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the NFB. In past years she was the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Film and Video, and the Vancouver Mayors Arts Awards for Emerging Film and Media Artist. Most recently she was selected by renowned filmmaker Alanis Obamsawin to receive $50,000 in post-services through the Clyde Gilmour Technicolour Award. Her latest animation Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) is currently on the festival circuit, screening around the world, while Amanda and her team work on development for their upcoming large scale project Wheetago War.