From Far Away

Shira Avni et Serene El-haj Daoud
2000 | 6 min
This short animation tells the story of Saoussan, a young girl struggling to adjust to life in Canada after being uprooted from her wartorn homeland. She has come to seek a quieter and safer life, although memories of war and death linger, memories that are awakened when the children at her new school prepare for a scary Halloween. From Far Away speaks to the power within us all to adapt like Saoussan and to welcome a newcomer.

Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.

Prix et distinctions

  • Mention spéciale
    Festival de Cine Infantil, Mar del Plata
  • Mention d'honneur - catégorie: Enfants et jeunes
    Festival international du film et de la vidéo, Columbus
  • Gerbe d'Or - catégorie: Meilleur production pour enfants
    Golden Sheaf Awards / Festival du court métrage et de la vidéo, Yorkton
  • Prix Dick and Ada Bird - meilleur court métrage d'animation - assorti d'une bourse de 200$
    Flicks International Children Film Festival, Saskatoon
  • Mention spéciale du jury pour l'excellende de la réalisation et de l'écriture
    Alliance for Children and Television Awards of Excellence, Toronto