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The film took the world by storm, earning for its creator and Radio-Canada their first Oscar®, in 1982.
Approximate Length: 15 minutes.
No dialogue.

“It is up to us to ask questions, to think and to act based on what we hope for in the future, and to leave, if possible, a world that is better and more full of promise than it was when we came into it.”

Frédéric Back, April 11, 2007

A tree is cut down, CRAC! and a man makes a rocking chair for his sweetheart. The chair rocks the expectant mother and then her newborn baby, eventually becoming whatever the children’s imaginations require. In one way or another, the rocking chair sees a loving couple through all the stages of their lives. But modernity encroaches. The chair is thrown away, but then reclaimed to provide an island of calm for an employee at an art gallery. The film celebrates a rapidly disappearing if not altogether lost way of life. Frédéric Back used the constant presence of the rocking chair in the film to remind us of themes close to his heart: the crafts, traditions, home-made games and values of days gone by. Colours, music and dance evoke joy. The voices of children and adults sound like musical instruments.

Leaders: Teachers and parents
Locations: Home, school, camps, community centres
Participants: Children age 6 to 12

*Note: Use the objectives, notions, activities and materials in a combination that is appropriate to your child or group.

To have children use art to communicate notions about the environment, family and traditions.


• To make the participants aware of the environment around
   them, and their role in its protection.
• To raise awareness of our responsibility to recycle, reuse
   and recover.
• To refurbish, repair and mend; to give new life to objects
   around us.
• To empower children with knowledge and strategies. What
   can we do as individuals?
• To incorporate in our daily lives, our responsibilities towards
   our environment, by changing our behavior, and that of our
   children, students, and the generations of tomorrow.


• To have the participants reflect on the meaning of families and
   traditions, as it relates to them and others.


• To develop oral and written communication.
• To practice public speaking.


• To introduce the participants to new art concepts and
• To have them use the visual arts as a form of communication.
• To give participants an opportunity to create art.
• To have them learn and apply elements of art and design.
• To have them experiment with art materials, techniques and
• To have them relate the arts to the themes in Crac!.
• To have participants share their art and their opinions
   with others.


• Develop critical thinking skills.
• Use information and communication technologies.
• Develop personal identity.

All activities are self-contained units. Choose a 1-hour activity or design a long-term project encompassing various themes that can be tied to the curriculum or program.*

*It is recommended that participants watch the film prior to the first activity.


Workshop 1: Family and traditions Workshop 2: Garbage Gone but not Forgotten Workshop 3: Cinquain poem: My Family
Workshop 4: Create a Family Totem Pole Workshop 5: The Art Show  

Activity Kit Writer: Deirdre Potash

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