This week’s film is an animated short called Bear Story (Historia de un Oso). The story was inspired by the director’s grandfather, Leopoldo Osorio, who, after the Chilean coup d’état, was imprisoned for two years and then forced to live in exile for the duration of the dictatorship. The film was a critical success, winning the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards. It is the first Chilean winner of an Academy Award and the first Latin American animation to win and/or get nominated for an Oscar.
While it’s generally for all ages, we recommend that parents watch along with their elementary-age children. The animation is stunning, and though it’s sad, the elevated level of storytelling makes it well worth the watch. Here are the suggested discussion questions and activities, along with a link to an interview with the filmmaker.
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