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Ana's Playground (2009)

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An allegory about the moment when a child is forced to choose between ideology and humanity while living and playing in a dangerous war environment.



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Noah Kol Balfour ...
Raven Bellefleur ...
Immonuel Grace ...
Boy #2
Reike Hall ...
Boy #1
Alaina Lucy Rivera ...
Young Girl


Ana's Playground depicts just another day for children surrounded by armed conflict. When Ana is forced into a sniper zone to retrieve a soccer ball, she finds herself in a game of cat-and-mouse with a mysterious shooter. As their interaction comes to a head, she and her friends make the ultimate decision, showing that a moment of humanity can quickly be lost in an environment of war and violence. Written by Anonymous

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Living in war changes the hearts of men and the souls of children.


Short | Drama | War





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28 April 2010 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Crew members had to take cover one evening after filming ended when real gunshots were heard from across the street. The crew was not the target, and no one was hurt in the incident. See more »

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Children in an urban war zone respond to a life-threatening crisis
22 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ana's Playground was screened earlier tonight at the Minneapolis Film Festival with an array of wonderful short films. Ana's Playground stunned the sold out auditorium. Writer/Director Eric D. Howell has created and crafted a riveting story about children and war. Ana's Playground looks right, sounds right and plays shockingly right in its urban war zone setting - one of those pockets of rubble, shredded flesh and monochromatic color that exist in Gaza, Baghdad, Rwanda, Bosnia, Dresden and Detroit in the mid-1960's. Only 16 minutes long, the film succeeds at the highest levels of the short story form by making its point dramatically, believably and quickly. It does so while generating untempered tension. I rank it with "Grave of the Fireflies" (Japan), "The Road" (U.S.) and "Turtles Can Fly" (Iran/Iraq) in its honest portrayal of a child's point of view regarding the terrible worlds that grown-ups have had no-business foisting on them.

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