Arab Focus: Animation
Cinema in the Arab countries has always been a reminiscent medium that creates a better understanding of its biosphere. Arab filmmakers never opt to express fiercely their socio-political views, yet each takes his or her part in revolting against their current state of affairs.
In the following selection of animated films, one can detect the kind of turmoil that the different Arab cultures are facing through this alternative creation of spaces, people and situations using animation as a format that, in this case, has succeeded better in creating a
truthful representation that cannot be reached in the live action and documentary genres.
This is a riot of cinema that reflects the cyclical uprising and disappointment of its characters
Disillusioned with his life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar's discovery lures him into the depths of the city. Immersed in a world that is so close yet so isolated from his reality, he eventually loses track and finds himself struggling to keep his attachments and his sense of home.
The Boy and the Sea
The story did not begin with the image of the Syrian child Elan on TV screens worldwide, thrown on the Turkish shores by the waves, and it definitely did not end with it.
Once upon a time, there was a boy who took joy in drawing the sea.
One day, into the bottom of the sea he dove, in hopes of escaping war and misery.
Alas, he found himself trapped amongst swarms of screens that distorted his image and stole his story.
No, the story did not end; images are still flowing, and the world is still watching…
My Second Eye
Two young boys run away from their mother's protection and slackline on the danger of war to play music with the instrument they always dreamt to have.
Bou Mrayet was born in a universe where citizens wear glasses from birth. When he became an adult, he joined a firm responsible for writing the future. One day, Bou Mrayet became aware and took off his glasses for the first time since his birth.
The Ostrich Politic
Ostriches carry on their daily activities, burying their heads and believing it's an instinctive behavior. One day, however, research by phylogeneticist Dr Kays proves otherwise.
This is the story of a head who lives alone in a wheelchair for many years in his apartment in downtown Tunis. He falls into a routine by subsisting on media, until he is surprised by an employment announcement. In the end, he abandons his isolation and leaves his wheelchair.
This animated documentary film is based on a true story of a woman from the countryside of Damascus. It is a portrait of Suleima as she recalls childhood memories of when she first thought of refusing injustice and monitors the intellectual and social shifts she experiences during certain events. Her visual environment has been presented graphically, full of sharp contrasts and the imaginary mixed with reality.