No Fish Where to Go

No Fish Where to Go

"Our planet—inhabited by people with different languages and customs." A friendship unites two little girls from opposing clans in a village where tensions are mounting. The Red Shoes have taken control of one side of the main street, and they don't much care for the inhabitants on the other side. One morning, the family of one of the girls is forced to leave home. "You have two minutes to get out!" The little girl barely has time to get her pet fish before the men are herded to one side and the women and children to the other. She cries out, "Daddy!" And so begins the little girl's long and painful journey as she seeks shelter for herself, her mother and her fish. Thanks to the friendship between the two girls, the fish's life is saved. But for the family, the interminable exodus continues... Marie-Francine Hébert based the script for No Fish Where to Go on her book, which was published in 2003 and illustrated by Janice Nadeau. Directed by Nicola Lemay and Nadeau, this modern tale compassionately and poetically addresses intolerance and the consequences of war.  

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Main credits

Lemay, Nicola (film director)
Lemay, Nicola (animator)
Nadeau, Janice (film director)
Nadeau, Janice (animator)
Hébert, Marie-Francine (screenwriter)
Bertrand, Marc (film producer)
Bircher, Maria (voice actor)

Other credits

Music, Jorane; editing, Oana Suteu.

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Distributor subjects

Civics/Citizenship - Ideologies
English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables
History and Citizenship Education - Issues in Society Today
Literature and Language - Canada - Adaptations of Literary Works
Literature and Language - Canada - Children's Materials
Maximum Age Level - 18
Minimum Age Level - 10
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues
War, Conflict and Peace - Allegories of War and Peace
War, Conflict and Peace - War Victims
Children's film


Adaptations; Adolescent girls; Animated films; Children's films; Children's literature; Civil war; Evil; Friendship; Hébert, Marie-Francine; Loyalty; People; Solidarity; Unkindness; "No Fish Where to Go"; National Film Board of Canada