London International Animation Festival 2022

Disrupting the Narrative (Black voices, British lives)

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Disrupting the Narrative brings together 10 exciting filmmakers that are doing just that by using innovative animation techniques to explore a wider framework about and beyond race. The films celebrate the rich cultural diversity of black voices and British lives using animation, documentary, and avant-garde experimental techniques to explore themes of identity, race, family, cultural taboos, genre, gender and the shared joy of play that pushes the art form to the outer limits.

Hand-drawn animation exists side by side with digital animation, documentary footage with scratch animation, stop-motion clashes with collage, experimental with figurative - unravelling a series of surprising stories for greater understanding of differential perception across different classes and cultures around the world.

This thought-provoking collection of films highlights an important, and under-acknowledged, area of narrative and non-narrative animation by Black British and ethnically diverse filmmakers working in the animation industry today.

Disrupting the Narrative (Black voices, British lives) was co-curated with Osbert Parker - BAFTA and Emmy nominated Director and Ambassador for FLAMIN at Film London.

Recommended age 15+

Inspired by archival research into trans-racial adoption and her own family history, Dawta is a story of escaping the past through the imagining of an unknown future; through the imagining of an unknown hope.

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  • Runtime
    7 minutes
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  • Premiere
    London Premiere
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  • Filmmaker
    Jessica Ashman