Ali and the Sorcerer
(Ali und der Hexenmeister)
GDR, 1985, 16 min, color
In German; no subtitles
Ali und der Hexenmeister © DEFA-Stiftung
Themes & Genres:
Ali, a poor farmer's son, goes out into the world and meets a sorcerer, who takes him on as an apprentice. The sorcerer's daughter warns the young boy that her father doesn't let his apprentices go after they have completed their training, but keeps them canned like pickles in order to preserve their intelligence. Following her advice, Ali pretends to be stupid so that the sorcerer will dismiss him. He uses the magic tricks he has learned to rescue the other apprentices and live happily ever after with the sorcerer's daughter.
A silhouette animation film based on a traditional Persian tale.