59th Ann Arbor Film Festival

BIPOC Experimental Animation

Expired April 1, 2021 4:00 AM
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Carrie Hawks believes in the magic of animation. There are stories that cannot be filmed in real-time with the camera, stories we don’t understand until days, years after they happen and are passed through generations. The artists in this program peer into layers of consciousness, create portraits without faces, detail the ways white supremacy attempts to oppress internally and externally, celebrate resistance to colonial forces, and present the tenderness of a personal archive (aka the voicemail). An escape from terror encapsulated via stop-motion puppetry. You’re invited to enjoy this experimental animation program of films crafted by people of the global majority, BIPOC folks. Curated by Carrie Hawks.

Carrie Hawks confronts self-imposed and external assumptions about identity in order to promote healing, particularly in relation to Blackness, gender, and queer sexuality. They work in animation, drawing, collage, sculpture, and performance, often incorporating humor. Their film black enuf* was nominated for a New York Emmy, won Best Documentary Short at Trans Stellar Film Festival, was broadcast on American Public Television’s World Channel in 2019, and screened at over 40 festivals including Ann Arbor and BlackStar.

Join us after the program for a prerecorded Q&A with the filmmakers.

Presented with support from Deb Greer

World Within is a hand-drawn experimental short. A visual interpretation tying a thread between introspective poems by the artist’s late grandfather, father, and herself. The sparse and fragile movements explore the conflicts between society and inner self. It revolves around the chaos that comes with expectations and the attempts to bend and manipulate reality. How it interferes with the mind and affects the way we think. As the poems lead from ignorance to storm and settle on a path to peace, the narrow window expands, leaving space to grow.

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  • Runtime
    3 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Note
    New York City, New York
  • Filmmaker
    Sakshi Jain