Why Everyone Has a Kernel of Wisdom

(Warum jeder ein Körnchen Weisheit besitzt)

GDR, 1959, 18 min, color
In German; no subtitles
Credits:
Director
Script
Dramaturg
Editor
Camera
Music (Score)
Cast

Synopsis

In this silhouette animation film, a teacher tells his students a traditional fairy tale from Ghana: Anansi, a clever but self-centered spider, wants to gain power over all the other animals by controlling their wisdom.

 

After Anansi manages to obtain some of their kernels of wisdom through his power, tricks, and swindle, the other animals band together to pursue him. In desparation, Anansi gets rid of the stolen wisdom by scattering it around. The animals collect the lost wisdom and decide that they won't tolerate anyone in the future who wants to keep everything for himself.

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