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My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB527046
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Marcy Page, Lars Tommerbakke, David Verrall
Directors:  Torill Kove
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal),Studio Magica
Subject:  Animation, Canadian History, Civics, Family Studies/Home Economics, History, Language Arts, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1999
Running Time:  10m 02s
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Torill Kove's grandmother often told her stories. One in particular revolved
around ironing shirts for the King of Norway. And what if that intriguing
detail was just the tip of the iceberg? Perhaps she also worked covertly in
the Norwegian resistance... Maybe she even spearheaded a campaign to create an
unprecedented brand of guerrilla warfare! Treating history as a fabric woven
from personal stories, animator Torill Kove follows a thread of family
history, embroidering it with playful twists along the way. In My
Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts
, she imaginatively renders her
grandmother's life and work in Oslo, especially during World War II. Sharp and
whimsical, her story combines her grandmother's tales with historical events
and fantasy, and shows how a cherished anecdote can come to acquire a mythical
status. My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts is about an ordinary
woman with a revolutionary instinct. With sharp humour it explores
storytelling, myth-making and the important contributions that are possible
through the most humble means.

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