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Children Speak ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB527103
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Marcy Page, Barrie McLean
Directors:  Bozenna Heczko, Georgine Strathy
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Family Studies/Home Economics, Psychology, Religious Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1996
Running Time:  9m 18s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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What happens when someone dies? How did we get here? In Children Speak, fresh voices discuss basic questions with candour and imagination. This short animated film captures the energy of a free-ranging conversation among children aged five to seven, on their beliefs about birth, death and the supernatural. They express their ideas with spontaneity and a naive wisdom that is complemented by whimsical, free-flowing animation.

A refreshing levity graces this exploration of the fundamental mysteries of existence. The difficult subjects of bereavement, the afterlife and mortality are examined with insight and humour. Children Speak is appropriate for use as a discussion-starter on these issues with children aged five to eight years, or for adults interested in child development. The provocative and open-ended views expressed in Children Speak are largely from a Judeo-Christian perspective.

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