To See or Not to See

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To See or Not to See (French: Psychocratie) is a Canadian animated short film, directed by Břetislav Pojar for the National Film Board in 1969.[1] An exploration of fear, the film centres on a scientist who develops a pair of glasses that allows the wearer to see reality instead of subjective perception, thus making fear less onerous and easier to overcome.[2] The 14-minute, 31-second short was voiced by Severn Darden, with sound and music editing by Maurice Blackburn and was produced for the NFB by Robert Verrall and Wolf Koenig.[3]

The film won the Canadian Film Award for Film of the Year in 1970.[4] It also received the Short Film Golden Bear at the 19th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]


  1. ^ La Revue du cinéma, image et son. Ligue française de l'enseignement et de l'éducation permanente, 1978. p. 20.
  2. ^ "TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE". Cinémathèque québécoise.
  3. ^ a b "To See or Not to See". Our Collection. National Film Board of Canada.
  4. ^ "Canadian Film Awards". The Canadian Encyclopedia, October 1, 2007.

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