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BIIDAABAN - THE DAWN COMES


Courtesy of CBC and Spotted Fawn Productions


Amanda Strong’s mesmerizing stop motion animation BIIDAABAN: THE DAWN COMES, driven by the words of Anishinaabe writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, intricately weaves together multiple worlds through time and space, calling for a rebellion. The CBC Arts short film has its world streaming premiere on the free CBC Gem streaming service on Wednesday, June 5. 


Since time immemorial, Indigenous people have harvested sap from trees to produce syrup, a practice that continues today. Two main characters — Biidaaban, a young Indigenous gender fluid person and Sabe, a Sasquatch shape shifter — set out to harvest sap from sugar maples in their urban environment and private neighbourhoods of the city. Biidaabaan can see traces of time, people, creatures and land. By harvesting syrup in this way, they are continuing the work of their ancestors.

Ancestors and animals such as Ghost Caribou and Ghost Wolf are embedded within the landscape but only Biidaaban can see them. These visuals reverberate throughout the work to draw from the past — but what we see is steadfast in the present.



Amanda Strong is an Michif interdisciplinary artist with a focus on filmmaking, stop motion animations and media art. Currently based on unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Strong received a BAA in Interpretative Illustration and a Diploma in Applied Photography from the Sheridan Institute.  With a cross-discipline focus, common themes of her work are reclamation of Indigenous histories, lineage, language and culture.  Strong is the Owner/Director/Producer of Spotted Fawn Productions Inc. (SFP). Under her direction, SFP utilizes a multi-layered approach and unconventional methods that are centered in collaboration on all aspects of their work.

Strong’s work is fiercely process-driven and takes form in various mediums such as: virtual reality, stop-motion, 2D/3D animation, gallery/museum installations, published books and community-activated projects.  Strong and her team at Spotted Fawn Productions are currently working on the research and development of bringing these works into more interactive spaces.


Most recently she was selected by renowned filmmaker Alanis Obamsawin to receive $50,000 in post-services through the Clyde Gilmour Technicolour Award. In 2016 she received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards for Emerging Film and Media Artist. In 2013, Amanda was the recipient of K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Film and Video.  Her films have screened across the globe, most notably at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and Ottawa International Animation Festival. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, BC Arts Council and the NFB. Spotted Fawn Productions is currently developing new short animations Wheetago War and Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes). SFP's latest short animations Four Faces of the Moon and Flood are available online through CBC Short Docs and CBC Arts.


Courtesy of CBC and Spotted Fawn Productions

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