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Catalogue Number:  NFB522604
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Ishu Patel, Derek Lamb
Directors:  Ishu Patel
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Literature, Politics, Social Issues
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1981
Running Time:  9m 09s

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Set in an unspecified Third World country, this animated film, based on a short story by Enver Carim, suggests that 'top priority' means different things to governments and to the governed. A drought-stricken family maintains a long and desperate vigil for a cloud of dust on the horizon signalling the arrival of irrigation pipes and pump. They are rewarded with a military convoy instead. Its top priority is a border war with a neighboring state, not pipes for the life-saving water the family must have.

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