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When the Dust Settles

When the Dust Settles

| 7 min

This animated short features 2 neighbouring gophers with very un-neighbourly appetites for anger and revenge. By sundown, they have destroyed everything... even theirhomes. Will they be able to put the pieces back together?

When the Dust Settles is part of ShowPeace, a series of lively, animated films designed to explore conflict and dispute resolution.

  • director
    Louise Johnson
  • script
    Louise Johnson
  • animation
    Louise Johnson
  • producer
    Barrie McLean
  • associate producer
    Janet Perlman
  • sound
    Louis Hone
    Nathalie Morin
  • editing
    Hannele Halm
  • sound editing
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    Wojtek Klis
  • voice
    Patrice Arbour
    Bernard Carez
  • music
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer


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Ages 8 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Health/Personal Development - Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution

Warnings: The discussion about anger may bring up personal issues. Students will need reminders to only share if they feel safe doing so.

Summary with teaching points

What happens when two groundhogs are in a battle for control of the tunnels? In this film, viewers will learn about different responses to anger. Use this film to begin discussions about feelings and how we cope with them, especially anger, since it is the focus of this film. Students could follow up with a presentation or piece of art that reflects the process of how to cope with feelings of anger, and then how to deal with the consequences of what happened when dealing with anger.

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