Top priority

Canada, 1981

Film
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Set in an unspecified Third World country, this animated film, based on a short story by Enver Carim, suggests that “top priority” means different things to governments and to the governed. A drought-stricken family maintains a long and desperate vigil for a cloud of dust on the horizon signalling the arrival of irrigation pipes and pump. They are rewarded with a military convoy instead. Its top priority is a border war with a neighboring state, not pipes for the life-saving water the family must have.

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Credits

production company

ONF | NFB

producer/director

Ishu Patel

Duration

00:09:39:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1981

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

323610

Language

English

Subject categories

Animation

Animation → Animated films - Canada

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Developing countries

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Developing countries

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Developing countries - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Political science

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Poverty

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social justice

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social values

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → World politics

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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