Rights From the Heart Collection Part 1 (Ages 5 - 8)

Rights From the Heart Collection Part 1 (Ages 5 - 8)

A collection of animation films inspired by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In 1990, an historic international event took place with the coming into effect of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) wanted to emphasize the importance of the Convention and to make it better known to those most affected by it – namely, children and teenagers.

The purpose of the films is not to teach the Convention articles themselves but to make children aware that they have rights, that these rights are recognized by international law, and that the adults caring for them must ensure that this law is respected.

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  • 1, 2, 3, Coco
    1991|3 min

    An animated film for five- to eight-year-olds on children's right to receive an education. A teacher gives extra, individualized help to a student who is having difficulty with arithmetic and helps her find fun in numbers.

  • Papa
    1992|4 min

    An animated film for five- to eight-year-olds on children's right to live with their parents. It tells the story of a child who gently but persistently tries to attract the attention of her father who is wrapped up in his work.

  • T.V. Tango
    1992|3 min

    Four children who have picked up all sorts of annoying behavior from watching television decide instead to create their own games. This animated film for five- to eight-year-olds is intended to awaken children's critical sense regarding the media messages aimed at them. (Film without words).

  • The Orange
    1992|4 min

    In this animated film for five- to eight-year-olds, a group of schoolchildren are amazed to discover that one of their classmates does not have enough to eat. With the help of their teacher, the children come to understand that his hardship affects them all and that the fight against poverty requires solidarity and sharing. Film without words.

  • Door to Door
    1992|4 min

    An animated film for five-to eight-year-olds that presents the familiar situation of big kids bullying little ones in the schoolyard. This time, however, the little kids refuse to accept it and their constructive efforts in their own defence prove that might does not necessarily mean right. Film without words.

  • A Family for Maria
    1992|5 min

    An animated film for five- to eight-year-olds about international adoption and the difficulty of adapting to a new environment. The film also gives a glimpse into the problems of abandoned children in developing countries. In A Family for Maria/Une famille pour Maria, love triumphs over the insecurity of a little Latin American girl who finds a new family in North America.

  • To See the World
    1992|9 min

    A kindly old man sends his grandson off to see the world. From the window of the train, the child discovers the problems plaguing this planet and imagines solutions to promote the happiness of children everywhere. A synthesis of Volume 1 of the Rights from the Heart/Droits au c÷ur collection, this animated film for five- to eight-year-olds puts the issue of children's rights in an international context.