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Animastress ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB520419
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Pierre Bernier, Michel Lacombe
Directors:  Anne-Marie Sirois
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Agriculture, Animation, Canadian Social Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, Media and Communications, Religious Studies, Science, Social Issues, Social Studies, Sociology
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1994
Running Time:  6:18

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Picture thousands of hens stacked layer upon layer, aisle after aisle, endlessly producing. Like an assembly line. Their food, water and supplements are delivered mechanically, their eggs gathered by conveyor belt. With no instinct left in this sterile environment, the poor stressed-out birds are led through their paces by an inspirational video of a model hen. Then, one day, a technologist accidentally slips in the wrong cassette and the monitor shows a good mother hen surrounded by her happy brood. Realizing they have been duped and exploited, the whole hen house rises up in revolt. But it's not that easy to escape the system, and soon the hens end up served to customers in a fast-food restaurant. When food is manufactured with the sole goal of maximizing profits, how does it affect those who consume it? This animated short contains a surprising answer. An animated film without words.

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