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From Far Away

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This short animation tells the story of Saoussan, a young girl struggling to adjust to life in Canada after being uprooted from her wartorn homeland. She has come to seek a quieter and safer life, although memories of war and death linger, memories that are awakened when the children at her new school prepare for a scary Halloween. From Far Away speaks to the power within us all to adapt like Saoussan and to welcome a newcomer. Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the …

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From Far Away
  • Talespinners
    Talespinners
    2000 15 films
    Talespinners, for ages 5-9, includes seven tales of children who confront challenges with ingenuity and creativity. Each story brings facets of a different cultural community to the screen, through a setting, accent, folk element, tradition, particular food or vocabulary. Young viewers will be captivated by the adventures and determination of the Talespinners’ children. This collection includes four original tales and three inspired by books. The stories have particular appeal to modern kids growing up in a complicated world.

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This short animation tells the story of Saoussan, a young girl struggling to adjust to life in Canada after being uprooted from her wartorn homeland. She has come to seek a quieter and safer life, although memories of war and death linger, memories that are awakened when the children at her new school prepare for a scary Halloween. From Far Away speaks to the power within us all to adapt like Saoussan and to welcome a newcomer.

Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.
  • director
    Shira Avni
    Serene El-haj Daoud
  • animation
    Shira Avni
    Serene El-haj Daoud
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima
  • executive producer
    Isobel Marks
    David Verrall
  • script
    Sugith Varughese
  • digital imaging
    Catherine Lafortune
  • editing
    Gordon Hashimoto
  • sound editing
    Jean-Baptiste Roger
  • sound design
    Normand Roger
  • music
    Normand Roger
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • voice
    Jesse Vinet

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Ages 6 to 9
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Have a class discussion about the challenges English second-language learners face (frustration, humiliation). Watch the film. Have students portray, in drawing or writing, alternate problems that could arise in a school/classroom and how those problems could be solved. Then have students brainstorm ways to help those struggling with the language. A good way to motivate/encourage struggling language learners.
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