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Distant Islands

Distant Islands

| 6 min

This short animation uses appliqué and embroidered tapestries to recall a young girl's happy summers spent sailing with her family off the coast of British Columbia. Each tapestry, meticulously stitched by hand with brightly coloured yarns, evokes the memory of leisurely days at sea, drifting among the islands.

  • director
    Bettina Maylone
  • producer
    Jack Long
  • executive producer
    George Johnson
  • editing
    George Johnson
  • script
    Mike Poole
  • narrator
    Nettie Wild
  • music
    Ken Hemmerick


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Ages 13 to 18

Family Studies/Home Economics - Family Diversity and Challenges
Geography - Physical Geography/Geology
Geography - Territory: Regional
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World

Select stills of the film and use a search engine to find a photograph that is similar to the embroidered image. Use these images to describe the region represented in the film. What themes are represented in this film? What role does family play in the artist’s recollection of her childhood? Choosing your own medium, tell the story of the family who lived in the house on the island.

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