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The Street

The Street

| 10 min

This award-winning animation is a poignant interpretation of a short story by Montreal author Mordecai Richler. It makes a strong statement about how many families respond to their old and infirm members. In washes of watercolour and ink, filmmaker Caroline Leaf illustrates reactions to a dying grandmother, capturing family feelings and distilling them into harsh reality.

  • director
    Caroline Leaf
  • animation
    Caroline Leaf
  • producer
    Guy Glover
  • executive producer
    Wolf Koenig
  • sound
    Ken Page
  • sound editing
    Gloria Demers
  • re-recording
    Michel Descombes
  • voice
    Mort Ransen
    Vera Heitman
    Sarah Dwight
    John Hood
    Howard Ryshpan


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Ages 12 to 17

Study Guides - Guide 1 | Guide 2

Diversity - Diversity in Communities
English Language Arts - Quebec Literature
Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying

Explain the filmmaker/author’s choice of title. Discuss some of the myths surrounding the moment of death. Makes a good companion piece to Mordecai Richler’s other stories detailing the Jewish experience, including The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.

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