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Here and There

Here and There

| 9 min

In this animated short, filmmaker Diane Obomsawin shows how childhood can be a chaotic time, especially if you're bouncing back and forth between two continents.

With engaging candour and gentle humour, Obomsawin fleshes out an uncertain identity and takes control of her life. Using drawings on paper and digitized snippets of fabric, she creates a whimsical world of simple lines and pastel tones.

  • script
    Diane Obomsawin
  • direction
    Diane Obomsawin
  • animation
    Diane Obomsawin
  • narration
    Diane Obomsawin
  • original music
    Jean Derome
  • music - interpretation
    Jean Derome
    Bernard Falaise
    Normand Guilbeault
    Pierre Tanguay
    Julien Grégoire
  • translation
    Janet Chapman
  • foley
    Monique Vézina
  • sound editing
    Denis Saindon
  • computer graphics
  • digital imaging specialist
    Susan Gourley
    Pierre Plouffe
  • digital input
    Jean-Marc Brosseau
    Jean Yuson
  • sound recording
    Luc Léger
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Shelley Craig
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • editing
    Natacha Dufaux
  • online editing
    Denis Pilon
  • film recording
    Pierre Landry
  • marketing manager
    Julie Roy
  • technical coordination
    Julie Laperrière
  • administration
    Diane Régimbald
  • administrative team
    Julie Arseneault
    Diane Ayotte
    Michèle Labelle
  • line producer
    Francine Langdeau
  • executive producer
    Michèle Bélanger
    Marcel Jean
  • producer
    Marc Bertrand


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Ages 10 to 15

Diversity - Identity
Media Education - Film Animation
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues

Here and There is an animated short that highlights some childhood experiences of Obom, the filmmaker, who was raised in both Canada and France after her parent’s divorce. Students will be able to discuss and/or write about their reflections on Obom’s experiences. Many students will be familiar with living in two households, but this story also spans two continents. What impact could this distance have on family relationships? What are your impressions of the settings of the story in France and Canada? Can you find evidence of Canadian and French cultural identity in the film? Describe Obom’s unique art style. What did it add to the story?

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