In this animated short, Ruby the pig seeks affirmation in the city around her after witnessing the accidental death of a stranger… and finds it in surprising places. With deft humour and finely rendered detail, When the Day Breaks illuminates the links that connect our urban lives, while evoking the promise and fragility of a new day. Winner of over 40 prizes from around the world, the film also features singer Martha Wainwright.
Ages 13 to 17
Diversity - Identity
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying
Have students share experiences with death or disasters if they wish. How does the pig’s behaviour and mood change after the accident? What is she thinking about? How does she get back to her old self? Students could role-play the pig’s inner monologue after the accident, or write her feelings down as a letter or journal.