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The circle of life in nature is fantastic. Every year, we can watch closely as nature comes back to life, flourishes, and then goes back into hibernation over the winter. Nothing is better than experiencing every aspect of it as it happens and being in complete contact with it. Nature is impressive, and with the short film 'Rebirth', we are reminded of how lucky we are to be alive.

The story of this short animation is precise, as one may expect – the circle of life in nature from a ground perspective. We have flowers in the spring, mushrooms, and grass; everything builds up until the fluffy snow covers the land where everything was just moments ago. As presented by Frank Kilpatrick, Rayko Takahashi and Alex Wand in this short animation film, rebirth is a great way to teach kids about nature and how everything works around us. Knowing this is knowing oneself, and the directors created a journey of self-knowledge that foregrounds all the best aspects of life.

This short is a poem. There are no words needed to disturb the peace of the land. If we can imagine a world without people, it would probably look like this, with plants taking over everything, with a perfect balance between all of nature's elements, with clear water and blue skies, with thick white snow and flowers that always find a way to break the ice curtain. The whole world here is seen as a poem Henry David Thoreau wrote by mistake while trying to put together the pieces that later became known as 'Walden'. Taking a close look, we can understand the transcendentalism the directors bring together in 'Rebirth', as we find it to be a simple answer to the unanswered questions Thoreau had in his studies regarding nature. And to conclude, we quote the first two lines from Thoreau's poem 'Nature', which perfectly summarize this great short film: "O Nature! I do not aspire/To be the highest in thy quire."

Written by Vlad A.G.

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