Peace on Earth: A Post-Apocalyptic World

Peace on Earth: A Post-Apocalyptic World

Peace on Earth is the widely acclaimed classic Christmastime animated short film, which was the masterwork creation of Hugh Harman released during the holiday season of 1939.  Peace on Earth was nominated for the 1939 Academy Award for Short Subjects (Cartoons) and was reported to have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as well.

The animated short was given its widespread public showings immediately after the outbreak of World War II in Europe, and it was viewed as a serious work that dealt with the idea of what a post-apocalyptic world would be like.  In the film, two young squirrels ask their grandfather on Christmas Eve who the “men” are in the lyric Peace on Earth, good will to men.  The grandfather squirrel then tells them a rotoscoped history of the human race, focusing on the never-ending wars men waged.  Ultimately the wars did end, but with the deaths of the last men on Earth, two soldiers shooting each other.   Afterward, the surviving animals were inspired to rebuild a society that was dedicated to peace and nonviolence.

Peace on Earth: A Post-Apocalyptic World

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The Children’s Defense Fund: Wilson Beat the Odds

The Children’s Defense Fund: Wilson Beat the Odds

Wilson Beat the Odds is an inspiring, thoughtfully compassionate documentary short film written and directed by the award-winning filmmaker Mark Jacobs.  Over the course of Jacobs’ career as both a journalist and film director, he’s produced numerous documentaries centered on adolescent obstacles that affect both the educational and developmental aspects of becoming a responsible adult in today’s society.  Targeted issues have included drug and alcohol abuse, racism and stress.

This documentary arose from a request to make a film about the Children’s Defense Fund’s “Beat The Odds” scholarship program, specifically about a young high school student named Wilson Khuav.  Wilson’s family members were immigrants from Cambodia, survivors of the brutally murderous Khmer Rouge regime.  Not too long after settling in southern California, Wilson’s family found themselves unexpectedly homeless.

Nevertheless, Wilson was determined to graduate from high school and take full advantage of everything that school has to offer.  Despite having to live in a motel and being forced to deal with the daily challenge of overcoming hunger, Wilson managed to maintain a 3.7 GPA and also received numerous scholastic awards.  In recognition of those remarkable achievements, Wilson was nominated for the Children’s Defense Fund’s “Beat The Odds” scholarship and was one of five young adults presented with a $10,000 scholarship award.

The Children’s Defense Fund: Wilson Beat the Odds

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