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My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts - DVD 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:  10:02
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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