This animated film is based on an old Persian parable. The inhabitants of a village learn to overcome their fear of the unknown. The benefit of their new-found knowledge is demonstrated. The black-and-white images are reminiscent of German wood-cuts. No dialogue.
Ages 14 to 17
Arts Education - Visual Arts
Diversity - Diversity in Communities
Diversity - Identity
This short animated film can be used as an introduction to, or as part of, a larger project on folk tales. Topics to be explored include: ignorance and fear; gender, and the role of women in agriculture; and the power and influence of community over individual actions and freedoms. In terms of form, film students can discuss the effectiveness of different animation techniques, and the use of non-verbal communication techniques in storytelling.