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No Fish Where to Go

No Fish Where to Go

| 12 min

In this short animation based on Marie-Francine Hébert's 2003 book of the same name, a friendship unites two little girls from opposing clans in a village where tensions are mounting. The citizens with the red shoes clearly despise those without, and one fateful morning, one of the girls and her family are accosted at gunpoint by their oppressors. The little girl barely has time to grab her beloved pet fish before the men are herded to one side and the women and children to the other. So begins our protagonist's long and painful journey as she seeks shelter for herself, her mother, and her fish. This modern tale compassionately and poetically addresses intolerance and the consequences of war.

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  • direction
    Nicola Lemay
    Janice Nadeau
  • animation
    Nicola Lemay
    Janice Nadeau
    Jens Hahn
  • script
    Marie-Francine Hébert
  • music
  • sound design
    Olivier Calvert
  • voice recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • music mix collaboration
    Eloi Painchaud
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • voice
    Maria Bircher
    Teale Bishopric
    Andreas Aspergis
    Bruce Dinsmore
    Mathew MacKay
    Angela Magri
    Kent McQuaid
    Kwasi Songui
  • voice direction
    Kathleen Fee
  • translation
    Kathleen Fee
  • animation assistant
    Keyu Chen
    Sin Aly Kanaté
  • editing
    Oana Suteu
  • digital imaging specialist
    Pierre Plouffe
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
  • marketing manager
    Geneviève Bérard
  • administrator
    Diane Régimbald
  • administrative team
    Diane Ayotte
    Karine Desmeules
    Michèle Labelle
  • line producer
    Francine Langdeau
    Jocelyne Perrier
  • executive producer
    René Chénier
  • producer
    Marc Bertrand


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Ages 10 to 18

Study Guides - Guide 1 | Guide 2

Civics/Citizenship - Ideologies
English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables
History and Citizenship Education - Issues in Society Today
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues

Created using watercolour animation, this timeless tale of war and intolerance unfolds through the bewildered eyes of a young girl. It illustrates how perceived differences can be magnified and lead to conflict, and how human relationships can transcend societal expectations. This film has cross-curricular connections to social studies and language arts exploring conflict, co-operation, symbolism and metaphor. What is the significance of the red shoes? What motivates the war between neighbours? Are there warning signs of the impending conflict? Can students think of an example in their own lives where they have defied social convention in the name of friendship and co-operation? Have students write their own ending to the film.

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