New Shorts: Animation Variety Show
Saturday, 15 January 2022
Image: Library of Paradise, Garden of Pain, Christopher Childs, 2021
Our annual animation selection continues to colour outside the lines. These animations are bold, political, hilarious and irreverent miniatures of the modern condition, drawing lines between agency, purpose and dissidence. The films attest to the ability of animation to depict the abstract and complex human experience in fascinating new ways. These characters may only exist on paper, but their emotions, predicaments and sentiments are entirely #relatable.
Curated by Emma Bouraba
Where Are You Really From?
"Where Are You Really From?" is about the filmmaker's personal experience of receiving countless, repetitive, and racist comments living in America as an Asian American. It is the filmmaker's hope that people stop the Asian hate, systemic racism, and stereotypes.
Amayi is a story of a woman who is haunted by nightmares of her past and her possible future of becoming the next village circumciser. When she is asked to take up the job and circumcise her daughter, she realizes she can't conform to the traditions and the customs of her community, she must fight back.
Change is something that comes whether you search for it or not. When a nymph loses her ability to fly, the change that was forced upon her requires a complete transformation: she must let go of her yearning for the past and become something new, a being unconstrained by the limitations of her past.
Yoon Hei Cho
An incident of an inconvenient attack at a parking lot. Panic attacks sometimes strike at unexpected moments. The film includes representations of having your internal consciousness struggle to get out of an inescapable internal torture chamber while your physical self remains paralysed.
High saturation and collage-textured characters popping up from the screen with unexpected landscapes and sonic space constructing with Chinese pop music, soap operas, news edit, and distorted scoring, the video presents a common unconsciousness mental space of human being. Every character in the series is looking for something, chasing after something, waiting for something, or, trapped in something, creating a reflection of our daily contemporary emotion state. Family tape aims to provide a platform where adults and children can share different emotional formats in short narratives.
Mike V. Derderian
Geisha L.O.V.E. is a day in the life of a graffiti artist and her robot protector / companion set in 2155.
The action takes place within the span of 24 hours in Delphipolis, a futuristic city brought about by political upheavals and economic unrest in 2155.
Geisha paints slogans for freedom writers in this country, where graffiti is punishable by death. Geisha L.O.V.E. is a tough, no nonsense woman. A renegade graffiti artist in a dystopian world, where graffiti has become the only way to spread the word; and claim the city.