Homenaxe ao mineral do repolo (Homage to the Mineral of Cabbage) by Erín Moure

This is Little Theatres, a jaw-droppingly good stop-motion short directed and animated by Stephanie Dudley. It’s based on a poem in Galician, the language of northwest Spain, by the Canadian poet Erín Moure, from her book, Little Theatres (Teatriños).

The film has its own website. According to the About page,

The poem is the second in a series of six by Erín in her award-winning book, Little Theatres. Each poem is an homage to a simple, humble food, such as potatoes, onions, and cabbage. The poems examine our relationship to food, and draw new insights to how these basic foods relate to life, as well as how we relate to each other. In looking more closely at the simple, everyday elements of life, we learn to appreciate their beauty.

The film Little Theatres is an interpretation of what Little Theatres are. It is an exploration of layers: layers of space, and layers of words, both spoken and written. The exploration begins and ends with a simple cabbage.

The film is also available with subtitles in French. (Moure’s multilingual abilities were a source of confusion for me at first, since the Wikipedia article about her mentions that her mother is from the part of western Ukraine known as Galicia — unrelated to the Galicia in the Iberian peninsula except inasmuch as both regions were originally settled by Celts. To compound the confusion, I’ve filed this film under both Canada and Galicia in the index, since the poem, if not the poet, is clearly Galician.)


  1. Reply
    Erica Goss 8 February, 2013

    Thanks for posting this one, Dave – I saw it at Zebra and was drawn to both the video itself, the multi-lingual aspect, and theme of humble foods.

    • Reply
      Dave 8 February, 2013

      Oh, was this at Zebra? I’ll tag it accordingly. Yes, I am as impressed by the poem (or at least the translation) as I am by the animation. Right up my alley.

  2. Reply
    Nic S. 10 February, 2013

    lovely lovely poem – microscopic and cosmic in the same breath. the animation is amazing, and I love the way the subtitles are presented!

    • Reply
      Dave 10 February, 2013

      She really went all out, didn’t she? But the result was totally worth it, I think. (It always pains me to see beautifully crafted poetry animations that just aren’t terribly imaginative and add little to the poem.)

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