A story of life and death, featuring Marcel Lozinski’s six-year-old son Tomaszek and elderly people spending time on the benches of a Warsaw park. Riding his scooter, Tomaszek asks the elderly very adult, though basic, questions, which they are happy to answer. The boy’s ideas of future and life are confronted with those of people at the end of their lives.
A series of strange abstract images are projected in a movie theater. An old man from Russia in the audience watches this and can make neither head nor tail of them. He heckles the picture, wondering out loud, “Vhat da hell is dis?” while irritating the other patrons around him. He comments outrageously the entire time, saying, “It must be some symbolism! I think it’s symbolic of… junk.”
Animated drawings illustrate the life and explorations of Samuel de Champlain, founder of Québec City. The film follows Champlain from his first ambitions to map the New World and discover a passage to the sea, to his later dreams for New France.
Eleven-year-old Frankie Dollar is the leader of an Aboriginal dance group, the Djarn Djarns. Theyr̉e in big demand today at the Cultural Centre, but Frankies̉ really in the doldrums because one year ago, to the day, his father died. Now he needs his friends more than ever.
A story of a wire man who carried the idea of protecting himself from people around him to an absurdity by turning his wife and dog into barbed wire and thus isolating himself from the surrounding world.
Set in 1955, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl, on the threshold of adolescence, who developed leukemia from radiation caused by the bombing of Hiroshima. While hospitalized, her closest friend reminded her of the Japanese legend that if she folded a thousand paper cranes, the gods might grant her wish to be well again. With hope and determination, Sadako began folding.
This student film takes a look at the small town of Camden during the 1960s. Much of the town is focused on the locomotive and logging industry created by the W. T. Carter and Brother Lumber Company in 1898. The film revolves around interviews with Camden residents. Former logging employees, a hotel owner, a family, and a pastor all briefly describe their lives and rolls in the old town. By the end of the film, the narrator recounts possible modernization and decreasing poverty in the future with the sale of W. T. Carter and Brother Lumber Company to the United States Plywood Corporation.
Documenting and contrasting children’s youthful beauty with the squalor, hardship and wasted potential of their daily lives; students learning how their counterparts really live and are encouraged to think about what these children need to thrive.