This one-minute long short film was created via the Abingdon Film Unit, a small organisation that works with a school in the UK to produce professional quality short films. The premise is simple: a stop-motion sequence of hand-drawn pencil illustration depicts the theme of regeneration. A beautiful garden grows as harmonious music plays, before the scene changes: in its place, the skyline of a busy city rises, as the audio changes to the noise of honking cars and revving engines. A plane comes from across the sky, and a bomb is dropped on the city. With an explosion, the city is destroyed, and the process begins again: the first flowers grow from the wreckage, the harmonious music returns, as the credits begin to roll. The themes that emerge from this film include the role of war and conflict in our contemporary understanding of an urban identity. Viewers aged 12-15 years old will be able to draw upon their own cultural and social knowledge to consider which cities, in particular, come to mind after watching the film. The theme of sustainable development/climate change is also present in this short film, as the narrative starts and ends with the harmony of the natural world, in comparison to the risks imposed by human civilisation.
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