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The Kite

(Martin Smatana, 2019, Czech Republic)
Good for all ages! | FREE!

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A child, composed of paper and fibers, holds his kite outside of a house.

This poignant and wordless animated short offers visual delight and a powerful metaphoric lesson about remembering those who are no longer with us.

In this stop-motion animation with cute, cut-out cloth puppets, a little boy visits his grandfather in the countryside and they fly a kite together. They are both made out of layers that symbolize their age. The boy has many of these layers, with his whole life ahead of him. But grandfather has already lost his layers and has only a few left. As he gets close to the end of his life, he is as thin as a single sheet, ready for the autumn wind to carry him away. (14 mins., digital video) Closed captioning available.

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A child, composed of paper and fibers, holds his kite outside of a house.

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Three yellow birds sit atop a house constructed of paper and other fibers.

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A child, crafted from paper and fiber, waves.

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A child, crafted from paper and fibers, floats in the sky and holds their kite as well as the hand of an adult.

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An adult, crafted from paper, cloth, and fibers, stretches their arms out an open window will leaving over a flower pot.

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A whimsical landscape crafted from paper, cloth, and fibers depicts a house while a child with their kite flies overhead.

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