2012 film guide

Co Hoedeman
Canada

Based on a poem by Marie Jacobs, this animated short by Oscar-winning director Co Hoedeman pays tribute to the ingenuity of the Dutch people during a dark period of their history – the winter of hunger in 1944-45. It's the closing months of the war in occupied Holland. Some women unravel a beautiful bedspread in order to knit 55 socks to barter for food. Reaching back into his childhood memories, Hoedeman has made a simple, poetic film of rare beauty.

Annelies Kruk
The Netherlands

Despite her family’s frugal life, Anuschka dreams of wearing a beautiful dress at her dad’s wedding. In Dutch with English subtitles.

Kathy Shultz
Canada

This touching stop-motion animated short depicts the life cycle of a sea turtle, telling a universal story of perseverance and determination.

Nathaniel Akin
Canada

This is a typewriter text animation tale of bunny rabbits and robots.

Katie Yu
Canada

 In an eerily deserted landscape, Anna-May encounters a strange woman known only as Auntie.  Together they search for Anna-May's purpose in life.

Paul Zinder
Italy

This documentary depicts an annual gathering in Rome's most derelict neighborhoodwhere man, beast, and priest participate in an ancient rite. And the animals came from far and wide...

Paula Gilgannon
Canada

This macabre tale is about a child who is trying to overcome her fear of the swing.

Pierre-Luc Franjon & Antoine Lanciaux
Canada

In the small kingdom of Escampette, Bonifacio the storyteller is living a love story with the Queen Héloïse.  But here comes her daughter, princess Molly, accompanied by her best friends! They naively set up their tent at the very foot of the Sacred mountain...

Keiichi Hara
Japan

Original title: Karafuru
A dejected soul is given another chance at life, through the body of 14-year-old Makoto, who has just attempted suicide. Watched over by an ambiguous spirit boy, the soul is given a limited time to heal the pain in Makoto, and to come terms with his own mistakes.

Themes:  peer and family relationships, the value of friendship, and suicide.
 

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Carlos César Arbeláez
Colombia

Original title: Los colores de la montaña
Young Manuel lives with his hard-working farmer parents in the remote, mountainous region of the Colombian countryside. While the adults in their lives try to avoid both the armed military and the guerrilla rebels fighting each other, Manuel and his friend Julián are obsessed with playing soccer any chance they get. Shortly after his birthday, the new ball Manuel received as a gift gets kicked into a minefield, and he, Julián, and their albino friend Poca Luz, will do anything to recover their prized belonging—an essential part of everyday lives and dreams. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Winner of the Edith Lando Peace Prize.

Themes: family relationships, generosity, children in armed conflict, effects of civil war and violence on families, and resourcefulness.

Recommended for grades 6-10/ ages 12+

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