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When the Dust Settles

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The prairie wind is not responsible for the dirt flying in this video; the culprits are neighbouring gophers with an un-neighbourly appetite for anger and revenge. Before sundown, the retaliatory rodents have all but obliterated both of their homes... is there any way they can put the pieces back together? When the Dust Settles tackles conflict in a lively, humorous and provocative way. It shows that amidst the chaos that conflicts create, there are still paths to reconciliation.

This film is part of the ShowPeace series of lively animated films about conflict resolution. This series has received support from UNICEF and Justice Canada. For teaching guides, a parents' guide and recommended resources visit www.nfb.ca/showpeace

Technique: Drawn under camera

1997, 07 min 11 s

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Second Prize - Best animated film given by the Children's Jury
International Children's Film Festival
October 15 to 25 1998, Chicago - USA

Silver Apple Award
National Educational Media Network Competition
May 30 to 31 1998, Oakland - USA

Ville de Stains Award - with a cash prize of 5000Frs.
Festival du court métrage pour jeune public
March 26 to April 4 1998, Stains - France

Dick and Ada Bird Award for Best Animated Short Film - with a cash prize of 200$
Flicks International Children Film Festival
March 13 to 15 1998, Saskatoon - Canada

Camério Award - Category: Best Short Award
Carrousel international du film
September 21 to 28 1997, Rimouski - Canada

Jury Award for Animation
Montreal World Film Festival
August 22 to September 2 1997, Montréal - Canada

Special Mention for the Ecumenical Jury
Montreal World Film Festival
August 22 to September 2 1997, Montréal - Canada