The battle of the matches
"Conflict" is a title of an animated short film.
Regrettably I have very little actual details on this movie... IMDb isn't too helpful when looking for really obscure films.
I think it was in Russian (or maybe not; I think the movie opening titles were in Cyrillic! It's been some time since I've seen the movie...) or other slavic language. (There's a Croatian movie called "Konflikt (1972)" by Kresimir Golik in the database, and it has very little details, so I don't know if that's the one... I'll tell if I find more information.)
But the numeric details aren't what matters, or the language (because the animation has no spoken words, only random human sounds)...
This is possibly the coolest anti-war movie I've ever seen! My father, who teaches religion, used to show this in school.
The movie opens with a picture of a match box. Some sounds of fighting can be heard from inside; then, the box opens and all matches run out. There are two kinds of matches; Ones with green head and ones with yellow head. They argue (like people), and both "ethnic groups" form a nation of their own.
A border line is made of small match bits. Two border guards (from both side of the border) are posted on the border; They march back and forth, with "rifles" on their shoulder.
However, the rhythmic marching makes the border line matches jump a bit, and one of those rolls to the other side. The two border guards start to argue a lot where that match bit should go, starting a border dispute!
...and the border dispute soon develops into a full scale war. We see warring matches, their vehicles that look like small matchboxes...
Then, the matches of the other side of the border gather around a rectangular hole in the ground. Something is rising from it, with rumble and flickering red light telling that it's probably something bad.
A huge match box flies up from the "silo".
The match box flies to the other side of the border; all matches there are absolutely terrified and try to run away screaming.
The match box swoops over the matches, and its scratch pad ignites a couple of them.
The fire spreads quickly among the matches.
The matches across the border are very very joyous and cheer. But soon, they realize that they too are in danger, and try to retreat.
That, too, is hopeless.
There are pictures of burning matches, complete with sad, dramatic music...
...and in the final scene, we see hundreds and hundreds of completely burnt matches - some still standing, many fallen on ground and broken.
(...in death... they're all of same color...)
This, if anything, has made me think that nuclear weapons and all other means of mass destruction are a very bad thing. =/