The Grandfather Drum

Michelle Derosier | CANADA | 2016 | 13 MIN | SHORT DRAMA

Thursday 20 October 2016 | 2:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Screening as part of Solid Ground: Canadian Shorts

Revered for its healing powers by the Anishinabek of the upper Berens River, Naamowin’s drum can restore life. This stunning animation reveals the true story of how a drum designed to heal became trapped by colonial forces designed to disrupt the delicate balance between the world above and the world below.


Michelle Derosier is from Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake First Nation) in northwestern Ontario. She is co-owner of Thunderstone Pictures Inc. Michelle executive produced the feature film Fire Song and directed the award-winning documentaries Return to Manomin and The Healing Lens. This is her first foray into animated storytelling.