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Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Francine Desbiens

Produced before her retirement Francine Desbien's My Child, My Land/Mon enfant, ma terre is well described in the National Fim Board of Canada's remarkable Focus on Animation.
The film commences with a happy family man drawing a shape that develops into the blueprint for a landmine. His cushioned existence is then contrasted with an equally happy if rather less well off family in Asia. The fertile land on which their children play also allows soldiers to plant bombs. The results are somewhat inevitable. In a harrowing final scene there is a a further contrast between different worlds. Animations rarely get more incisive than this.

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