Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics

On a sombre theatre stage, sculpted and hand-drawn apparitions move about in stop-motion. Between Jesus and Nokomis, a legendary figure of the North-American Anishinaabe, a dialogue unfolds. A Métis girl is caught in the middle, investigating the deep rift in her identity. One by one, Nokomis counters the Seven Deadly Sins with Seven Sacred Teachings. A cathartic act of self-discovery, in which Terril Calder once again examines the wounds of colonial history.
by Terril Calder
with Lake Delisle, Kent McQuaid, Gail Maurice, Terril Calder
Canada 2021 English, Ojibwa 20’ Colour recommendation: 14 years and up


  • Lake Delisle (Baby)
  • Kent McQuaid (Jesus)
  • Gail Maurice (Nokomis)
  • Terril Calder (Narrator)


Written and Directed by Terril Calder
Animation Terril Calder
Editing Jeff Barnaby
Music Judith Gruber-Stitzer
Sound Design Sacha Ratcliffe
Producer Jelena Popović
Executive Producers Michael Fukushima, Robert McLaughlin

World sales

National Film Board of Canada

Produced by

National Film Board of Canada

Terril Calder

The Métis media artist was born in Fort Frances, Canada and currently lives in Toronto. She studied fine art at the University of Manitoba with a major in drawing and a minor in film. Her work focuses on stop-motion animation and includes SNIP which screened in the 2017 Berlinale Generation where it received a Special Mention. In 2019, the Winnipeg Film Group presented the first retrospective of her work; in 2020, she was honoured with her first film festival retrospective at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Filmography (selection)

2009 Canned Meat; short animation 2011 The Gift; short animation 2013 Repercussions; short animation 2014 The Lodge 2016 SNIP; short animation 2021 Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics; short animation

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022