“…very beautiful. I think it should be seen and I appreciate all the work that’s been done and the animation is fantastic. The narration with the Irish accent was very moving and wonderful.”
Alanis Obomsawin OC Canadian filmmaker of Abenaki descent Kanehsatake: 270 of Resistance (1993)
I just looked at the film The Abenaki and I found this film a moving and artisitc film. The Abenaki will be very proud of this film by telling the story that we dont read in our history books. It a good creative way of doing animation like a painting in process, it gives the story a very intense storytelling and our imagination travels with the great voice of Mike Burns.
Martine Chartrand Award winning NFB animator Black Soul (2001) MacPherson (2011)
I would also like to take the opportunity to suggest that a ‘Special Mention’ be given to the film “L’Abénaki : Peuple de l’Aube”, by G. Scott MacLeod and Mike Burns, for the beauty and creativity of its storytelling technique and design, which is endowed with great cultural relevance and depicts artistry and wit as well as a very high production value. The film shares very valid concerns for educating the new generations, fostering awareness about history, memory and identity inheritance.
Daniel Schorr Animation Film Director Land InSights Festival 2014
“I just calmly watched your wonderful new film. I was very moved by Murdo MacLeod and I think I am even more so by the Abenaki. What I find particularly beautiful is the morning scene of the world giving birth to humanity through, among others, the fish becoming a woman’s body. The representations of fire are very evocative. Your sensitivity is very present in your work, I look forward to the next chapters.”
Mylène Robillard Cultural officer of the House Nontre-Dame-de-Grace Culture
“(The Saga of Murdo MacLeod) was lovingly made by you and your team and with such talent and craft on every level. Simply gorgeous filmmaking and storytelling. Absolutely loved it. Wonderful work through and through. I look forward to more and more of your films.”
Ezra Soiferman Filmmaker
“I love the pathos, humour and, of course, the beautiful drawings. Congratulations!”
Patricia Burns Author of The Shamrock and the Shield: An Oral History of the Irish and They Were So Young: Montrealers Remember WWII .
“…Your animation captures an essence of the native peoples struggle against oppression and identity.”
Simon Davies Cinema/Video/Communications Dawson College
“A masterful blending of artistic media that brings history to life.”
Angelo Philippas Professor of Political Science, Vanier College, Montreal, Quebec
“I had great feedback from my students (grade 9s) who felt that using illustrations gave the experience more depth. They felt a great deal of empathy for how the settlers were treated both at home in Scotland and in their new home as well – something many immigrants share!”
Mary Opalinsky Educator St. Georges High School, Montreal, Quebec
“The Saga of Murdo MacLeod was totally captivating for my immigrant adult students.”
Nancy Snipper Adult Educator, James Lyng High School