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| 6 min

This animated short by Theodore Ushev combines warmth, humour and magic in a story about a young girl who misses her grandmother. When Lili finds a tzaritza (magic shell) along the seashore, she hatches a plan to bring her Grandma from Bulgaria to Montreal to make her father happy. Part of the Talespinners collection, the film features music by Normand Roger.

  • direction
    Theodore Ushev
  • animation
    Theodore Ushev
  • script
    Theodore Ushev
  • editing
    Oana Suteu
  • text
    Christiane Duchesne
  • voice
    Romy Kraushaar-Hébert
    Annie Bovaird
    Theodore Ushev
  • translation
    Kathleen Fee
  • music
    Normand Roger
  • sound design
    Normand Roger
  • music - collaboration
    Denis Chartrand
  • sound design - collaboration
    Denis Chartrand
  • sound editing
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • voice recording
    Luc Léger
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Shelley Craig
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • digital imaging specialist
    Susan Gourley
  • online editing
    Denis Pilon
  • film recording
    Pierre Landry
  • marketing manager
    Julie Roy
  • administration
    Diane Régimbald
  • administrative team
    Julie Arseneault
    Diane Ayotte
    Michèle Labelle
  • technical coordination
    Julie Laperrière
  • line producer
    Francine Langdeau
  • executive producer
    Michèle Bélanger
    Marcel Jean
  • producer
    Marc Bertrand


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Ages 5 to 9

English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables

An animated short that tells the tale of Lili and how she misses her grandmother, who lives in Bulgaria. A magical seashell keeps her connected to grandmother. Students who are separated from family members or friends will relate to this story and may wish to share or reflect on their own experiences of missing others. Discussion questions include: Why is the tzaritza so special to Lili? What are some of Lili’s favourite things to do with her grandmother? Why does her father dive into the water? What do you notice about the photographs at the end of the film? How do you stay connected to someone you are missing?

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