Village of Idiots

Village of Idiots is a short animated comedy based on the classic humorous Jewish folk tales of Chełm, directed and animated by Eugene Fedorenko and Rose Newlove, written by John Lazarus, and produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).[1] Fedorenko is the Academy Award-winning animator of the 1979 NFB short Every Child.

Village of Idiots
Screenshot from the animated film Village of Idiots.jpg
Directed byEugene Fedorenko
Rose Newlove
Produced byNational Film Board of Canada
Written byJohn Lazarus
Narrated byNicholas Rice
Release date
  • 1999 (1999)
Running time
13 minutes


“Outsiders call Chelm the village of idiots," Shmendrick explains, "but our rabbi said we were a city of natural geniuses, with our own way of figuring things out.”

With muted, mesmerizing illustrations and heavy accordion-based music, the film follows Shmendrick as he sets out on a journey away from home for the first time. But along his journey from Chełm to Warsaw, he comes upon a city that is eerily similar to the one he left behind. The rest of us might think Shmendrik just took a wrong turn and ended up back home, but for Shmendrik, this discovery sheds light on holy teachings: “The Talmud tells us that the world everywhere is the same," he recalls.


Village of Idiots has won eight awards:

It was also included in the Animation show of shows.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Village of Idiots". National Film Board of Canada Web site. Retrieved 1 June 2009.

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