War And Propaganda: Thought-Provoking Film/ Animation ‘Daddy Went Daddy Did’ – Inspired by The War Effort Slogan ‘Daddy What Did YOU Do In The Great War?’ [Video]

Powerful, thought-provoking and for some it will also be uncomfortable and controversial.

Selected and shown at the Cannes Film Festival in the ‘Short Film Catalogue’.

With so many tributes and memorials being paid to the start of the First World War, this is a brave move of behalf of the film-makers to high-light some of the less savoury aspects of ‘nation-hood’.

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This film, though, is not so much about the rights and wrongs of the First World War – it was a tragedy for all concerned with regards to the suffering and loss of life – but rather that it ‘holds a mirror’ up to the emotional manipulation used by governments in the name of the ‘war effort’. Guilt is, and always has been, a powerful motivator.

The film-makers talk about the film:

‘In the summer of 1916, one million (1.000.000) young men died on The Great War’s Western Front alone, for the sake of zero gain of terrain, let alone peace. With that dadaistic death toll in mind, the iconic contemporary posters of the British Parliamentary Recruiting Committee leave a particularly bitter taste one century (100 years) later.

‘Daddy Went & Daddy Did’ is a reflection on patriotism, (war) propaganda… and peace. The one minute – and partly animated – short is being realized by SANCTA, following a call to commemorate The First World War by the Flemish Audiovisual Fund, the Flemish Literature Fund, Kinepolis and Canvas and will be shown in theatres and on public television in 2014.’


‘Daddy Went & Daddy Did’ is a realization of Kristoff Leue and Thomas Ceulemans – art direction by Joost Jansen, 3D-animation by Cyborn and Benjamin Verdonck in the role of Daddy – based on an original idea by
Frank Delmelle.

[More Information: Joost Jansen ]

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