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Norman McLaren on his return from China in 1950, at Unesco headquarters in Paris.
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1950 NFB Collection - Photo Albert Taylor
 

Return from China

Norman McLaren on his return from China in 1950, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. 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®.