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Village of Idiots

Directed by Eugene Fedorenko and Rose Newlove
Canada, 1999 (animation / children's, 13 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "Le village des idiots"
Village of Idiots
Photo © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)
Video (National Film Board of Canada) [French]

Film Description:
"Weary of daily life in his native village of Chelm, Shmendrik sets out on a quest for knowledge that brings him to a new Chelm, a place remarkably like the old Chelm, down to the chicken's reminiscent clucks. Based on a Jewish folk tale, adapted by John Lazarus, Village of Idiots is the story of Shmendrik's new life and its uncanny closeness to his old life; offering an extremely funny take on our tendency to romanticize what we don't have. The animators filmed paper cut-outs on layers of glass to achieve the rich, textured visuals."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: John Lazarus
Produced by: David Verrall, Michael Scott, John Spotton, John Taylor, Dennis Murphy, Gerry Flahive, Barrie Angus McLean, David Verrall
Narrator: Nicholas Rice
Animation: Eugene Fedorenko, Rose Newlove
Music: Normand Roger
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
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