Bullfrog Films
8 minutes
Study Guide
Grades 3-12, College, Adult

Directed by Louise Johnson
Produced by The National Film Board of Canada

DVD Purchase $79, Rent $45

US Release Date: 1998
Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 0-7722-1166-3
VHS ISBN: 0-7722-0738-0

Children's Films
Children's Stories: Animation
Conflict Resolution
Guidance And Counseling
Life Skills
Social Psychology
Social Studies

Awards and Festivals
Jury Award, Montreal World Film Festival
Best Short Film, Carrousel International du Film, Québec
Grand Prize, Festival de la Ville de Stains, France
Best Animated Short, Flicks Festival, Saskatoon
Silver Apple, National Educational Media Network Competition
Runner-Up, Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
DESIRABLE: California Instructional Technology Clearinghouse
Aspen ShortsFest
American Psychological Association Convention
New York Animation Festival
Women in the Director's Chair International Film & Video Festival
USA KidFilm Festival
New Orleans Children's Film Festival
Western Psychological Association Convention
ShowPeace Series
When the Dust Settles

Gophers teach us a funny lesson in conflict resolution.

"Charming...soft-pedaled lesson in conflict resolution." Booklist

The dirt flies in this film as neighboring gophers respond to each other with anger and revenge. By sundown, the retaliatory rodents have all but obliterated both their homes. Is there any way they can put the pieces back together?

WHEN THE DUST SETTLES tackles conflict in lively, humorous and provocative ways. It shows that amidst the chaos that conflicts create, there are still paths to reconciliation.

This film is part of the ShowPeace series of animated films without words, designed as flexible tools to explore conflict resolution. Young children to senior executives can identify with the characters, and gain insight on how to deal creatively with conflict and anger at school, at home, in the workplace and in their communities.

Other titles in the series are:

Dinner for Two - Funny animation teaches lesson on conflict resolution.

Bully Dance - Insight on dealing with bullies.

Elbow Room - Office workers deal with a dispute in this amusing and enlightening animated short.

Tête à Tête à Tête - A playful animated film that provides a thought-provoking commentary on how beings interact.

Dominoes - Lively cut-out animation illustrates the tensions when a newcomer enters a pre-established group.

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/dust.html

"Applicable with a wide range of audiences in a variety of situations for teaching effective conflict resolution skills."

Teacher Librarian

"Recommended for corporate libraries...or any large collection in psychology or human relations."
Kelly Hensley, East Tennessee State University, MC Journal

"Will appeal to children and even adults with (its) humorous approach."
Animation Journal

"Charming...soft-pedaled lesson in conflict resolution."