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Norman McLaren shares a meal during his China trip in 1949.
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1949 Cinémathèque québécoise Collection
 

China trip

Norman McLaren shares a meal during his China trip with students of the local middle school orchestra, Pephei, Szechwan. An excellent teacher and politically engaged artist, McLaren headed the art department for a UNESCO-sponsored audiovisual education project in China. He introduced Chinese trainees to simple animation techniques, with the goal of producing educational materials on health. After his stay in China, and in response to the Korean War, McLaren was inspired to produce Neighbours/Voisins (1952), a powerful, anti-war tale that won him an Oscar®.