Torill Kove is an Academy award winning animator from Canada. She has made animation shorts about the history of her family as well as her own childhood experences. The shorts are interesting and true to how people feel. The stories narrated in the short are innovative and engaging.
The shorts reminds us that we are all people who must remember to hope, be kind and be brave especially in times of adversity. Kove has made the films for the National Film Board of Canada which produces superior quality content for children among other things. She has also illustrated seven children's books.
In her acclaimed 'My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts', (2000) was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Short. It tells the tale of Kove's grandmother who through independent sleuthing found she was pressing none other than the king's shirts! Set in World War II, Kove's grandmother takes her laundering skills to new heights.
In 2006, her filmThe Danish Poet was the winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated Short. The Danish Poet is by Liv Ullmann, the Norwegian actor, and director. The long, circuitous tale of an aspiring poet and a farm girl forms the crux of this story. Kove's parents play a bit part in this story about waiting in love.
Me and My Moulton is the story of Kove's immediate family - her parents and sisters. Set in Norway in the 60's Kove narrates the story of her younger self. The story centers around the purchase of a bicycle. The children want to ride around the neighborhood just like all the other children. Their parents research and buy a Moulton, the superior yet unconventional looking small wheeled bicycle. The children are resigned to having parents who do everything a little differently.
Threads is an animation by Kove about the beginning and continuation of the maternal bond. This wordless animation is sure to touch the heart of all those who have felt the love of a mother figure. A thread beautifully symbolises the bond that mther and child share through the passage of time.
All the animations capture the inner stories of families, that are remembered and carried forward as part of their identity. The stories became part of family lore and capture the essence of being together. Kove says,
"I am interested in the loneliness that and isolation that we can feel when we hide feelings that we are ashamed of, especially if they concern people that we love."
As families we pass on values and ideas through the spoken word about incidents that have shaped us. Kove too shares stories about her family and her place in it through her animated films. Do watch the videos embedded in this post and make sure you pass on some family history and stories to your children.