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John and Michael ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB531768
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Shira Avni, Michael Fukushima, David Verrall
Directors:  Shira Avni
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal),Shira Avni (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health and Medicine, People With Disabilities, Psychology
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2004
Running Time:  10m 28s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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A gentle tale of love told in halting words. A film about healing after profound loss.

John and Michael pays homage to two men with Down's syndrome who shared an intimate and profoundly loving relationship that deeply affected the filmmaker. Animated with clay backlit on glass, the film shimmers like stained glass in motion. Narrator Brian Davis, also intellectually challenged, brings the men alive with great sensitivity. The audience shares in the various emotions that infuse their everyday living.

John and Michael, by its artistry, rises above society's traditional ideas around disability, sexuality and death. When the heart is touched, differences melt. Love is what defines humanity.

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