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‘My Life as a Zucchini’ Director on Making a Kid’s Film That Blends the Bleak with the Hopeful

Director Claude Barras’s Oscar-nominated stop-motion animated film My Life as a Zucchini tells the uplifting story of a group of children living in an orphanage without necessarily sugar-coating the bleaker aspects of their lives.

“My responsibility as a director, since I’m talking to children, is to talk to them about the world they live in, and not to hide things, but to show them that this is a difficult and harsh world, but it is not without solutions,” Barras tells The Moveable Fest. “And how to overcome the difficulties through friendship, help, and support…We strived to make a film that would be entertaining, but then to use this entertaining aspect to teach and talk about something that’s important.”

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