The Chimney Swift

NEW DOCS

Set in London, England, during the Industrial Revolution, The Chimney Swift is an animated short that offers a haunting yet handsomely illustrated view into the imagined world of apprentice chimney sweepers, or “climbing boys,” who between the ages of 4 and 14 cleared soot and ash from fireplace flues. Titled after the small, sooty-gray swifts that often build their nests inside unused chimneys, the film draws a strong contrast between an existence defined by hardship, loneliness, and loss of freedom and that of the freewheeling avian community flying high above the city’s many-chimneyed rooftops.  ER

 

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Director

Frédéric Schuld

Producer

Fabian Driehorst

Executive Producer

Fabian Driehorst

Editor

Frédéric Schuld

Cinematographer

Frédéric Schuld

Original Title

Der Schornsteinsegler

Release Year

2020

Festival Year

2021

Country

Germany

Run Time

5 minutes