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No Fish Where to Go ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB565365
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Marc Bertrand, René Chénier
Directors:  Nicola Lemay, Janice Nadeau
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Canadian History, Canadian Literature, Canadian Social Studies, Children's Stories, Civics, Language Arts, Literature, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult, Educators
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2013
Running Time:  12m 28s
Closed Captions:  Yes

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“Our planet—inhabited by people with different languages and customs.”


A friendship unites two little girls from opposing clans in a village where tensions are mounting. The Red Shoes have taken control of one side of the main street, and they don’t much care for the inhabitants on the other side. One morning, the family of one of the girls is forced to leave home. “You have two minutes to get out!” The little girl barely has time to get her pet fish before the men are herded to one side and the women and children to the other. She cries out, “Daddy!” And so begins the little girl’s long and painful journey as she seeks shelter for herself, her mother and her fish. Thanks to the friendship between the two girls, the fish’s life is saved. But for the family, the interminable exodus continues...      

Marie-Francine Hébert based the script for No Fish Where to Go on her book, which was published in 2003 and illustrated by Janice Nadeau. Directed by Nicola Lemay and Nadeau, this modern tale compassionately and poetically addresses intolerance and the consequences of war.


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