Philomena - Episode DEATH

A documentary collection by Anne-Lise Rey & Brigitte Barbier, directed by Brigitte Barbier

Synopsis of the collection

How to think for oneself, how to form one's own opinion and to reason when one is aged between 10 and 14 years old in the 21st century?
The thirteen-year-old animation character, Philomena, gives a lesson in philosophical thought through her own questions and becomes acquainted with the great names of philosophy through five key words: Justice, Love, Difference, Death and Freedom. 

In this episode, Philomena bursts into tears in front of a dead squirrel. Thinking of her mother who died three years earlier, she understands that it is part of the human condition to die one day. She realizes that the passing of time is what makes us grow, but also what destroys us, and that remembering a loved one is a way to make him or her exist among the living. Philomena will discover that in each of us there is a fight between the life drive and the death drive. She also learns how humans have tamed the idea of death in order to be less afraid of it and discovers that if we cannot avoid it, death is also a way to give meaning to our own lives.

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Format: 16/9 - 5x26’ - Colour - HD
Animations, archives and real images
Fundings: Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée, Région Grand Est and Strasbourg Eurométropolein partnership with CNC, Procirep-Angoa
First broadcaster: Arte
© 2020

Editing: Christine Bouteiller & Jean-Baptiste Morin
Conception/ Series ilustrations: Catel Muller
Graphic creation/ Animator: Mykamazé
Dioramas: Frédéric Ducomet-Boquier
Original music: Olivier Fuchs