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Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Story of a Sign

This reached me in "down under" New Zealand, I think the whole world needs to see it.

Love 'the farm". Thanks for all messgages.
Best wishes,
Meryl Zohrab
Watch this and see if you look at things a little differently for the rest of the day....
This is a beautiful little 5 minute video which has won numerous awards
around the globe. It won the Best Short Film at Cannes Film Festival 2008.
(Thank you so much Meryl for send this along for others to see.)

The Story of a Sign

Here's some additional information that was sent along by a Hodgepodge reader.

Dear Debbie,

WOW! I've just learned that Mexico's Alonso Alvarez Barreda, director of "Historia De Un Letrero", has been accused of plagiarizing a 2006 Spanish prize-winning short short entry in the Notodofilmfest, entitled "Una Limosna, Por Favor" ("Alms, Please"), written and directed by Francisco Cuenca Alcaraz.

Here is a clip of Alcaraz's original short short, "Una Limosna, Por Favor" (only 30 seconds, in Spanish, w/ subtitles):

And in the following clip, Barreda defends himself in a TV interview against the charge, despite nearly identical similarities between the two films (in Spanish, w/o subtitles):

Finally, here is a parody of Barreda's film, in light of the scandal (in Spanish w/ subtitles):

This scandal takes nothing away from the beauty of Barreda's short film, but it's a shame that he did not give credit where credit is due (that is, to Alcaraz).


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