The Chimney Swift

a film by Frederic Schuld

The Chimney Swift

2020 | 05:00 min

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Formal Categories

Human Interest Society

Content Categories

Animation Documentary Short film
A British chimney sweeper describes his everyday routine of forcing young kids to become workers. While we observe a kid cleaning a chimney, the master's statement gets more personal with every sentence until we understand, that he is speaking about his own past. Being locked in a vicious circle there seems to be no exit.

"Based on a meticulously detailed letter, the hard-knock lives of young 19th century chimney sweeps are uncovered in this exquisite animation, which masterfully articulates the finer points of preparing children as young as four for a life of hard labour up the flues of the bourgeoisie." (Hot Docs, Eileen Arandiga)
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Canada
63 DOK Leipzig — German Competition
62 NFL — Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
Cast and Crew
  • Director Frederic Schuld
  • Producer Fabian Driehorst
Production Company
Fabian&Fred GmbH
Elbchaussee 28, 22765 Hamburg

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