Kenneth Doren

1995, 14:00 minutes, colour, English


Based on the Brothers' Grimm fairy tale The Raven, five young actresses playfully act out a story where a princess is magically turned into a raven and her trials and tribulations lead to a happy return to human form. The all girl cast performs against a backdrop of adult world anxieties of social relationships, anthropocentricity (as expressed in man's view of animals), and reality versus fantasy. This unique and colourful narrative fulfills the traditional expectations of fairy tales while presenting contemporary concerns. The exclusion of a prince character, senseless violence against animals, and the blurring of fantasy and reality, all attest to the multilayered potency of this postmodern day fairy tale.

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by Jim Ellis. For his and his diggers: a collection of the past, 2000. Calgary: Truck, 2000.