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John and Michael

John and Michael

| 10 min

This animated short pays tribute to two men with Down syndrome who shared an intimate and profoundly loving relationship that deeply affected the filmmaker. Narrator Brian Davis brings the characters to life with great sensitivity.

  • direction
    Shira Avni
  • animation
    Shira Avni
  • narrator
    Brian Davis
  • music composer
    Daniel Littleton
    Karla Schickele
  • music performer
    Hiromoto Ida
  • additional music
    Benoît Groulx
  • additional animation
    Meredith Miller
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
  • digital imaging
    Susan Gourley
  • picture editing
    Phyllis Lewis
    Chaz Oliver
  • sound editing
    Luigi Allemano
  • re-recording
    Shelley Craig
  • video on-line
    Sylvain Desbiens
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • production coordination
    Richard Lesage
  • studio administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Jocelyne Lalonde
  • marketing manager
    Hélène Tanguay
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Shira Avni
    Michael Fukushima


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Ages 15 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying
Health/Personal Development - Sexuality

Discuss the reasons for John and Michael’s close relationship and their common bond. Have students comment on the filmmaker’s choice of narrator for the film. Research Down Syndrome and the agencies that provide support and counselling for individuals with the syndrome and their families.

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