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Catalogue Number:  NFB525729
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Thérèse Descary, Pierre Hébert
Directors:  Michèle Cournoyer
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Abuse, Animation, Canadian Social Studies, Health and Medicine, Media and Communications, Psychology, Social Studies, Violence, Women's Studies
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1999
Running Time:  6:10

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A young woman works as an exotic dancer in a bar. She recalls an incident from her childhood in which she was physically abused by a male visitor. This inner journey brings back painful memories, including the obsessive image of a hat. Black-ink drawings, spare and rapidly executed, flow together in a succession of troubling and striking metamorphoses. The Hat is a tough, visceral experience. With naked honesty, animator Michèle Cournoyer invites the audience to share in the pain of a woman whose body is on display and whose soul is forever soiled. A film without words.

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