Deptford AnimaDocs - An exploration and celebration of Twenty-First Century animated documentary

Deptford/London, 13. July 2019.

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An exploration and celebration of Twenty-First Century animated documentary.

·        An international programme of 16 animated documentary films

·        Introductions by academics working in animation studies

·        Roundtable discussion with filmmakers and scholars

·        Drinks reception

Doors 11.30am - Programme starts Noon

Tickets: £10 (£8.50 concessions)

An exploration and celebration of Twenty-First Century Animated Documentary. Join us for a whole-day event in which we consider:

·        What is animated documentary?

·        How is the relationship between animation, realism and reality being interpreted by contemporary filmmakers?

·        What can animation add to the documentary form?

·        How can animation help us confront difficult and serious subjects?

·        What dimensions of real-lived experience can animation probe that live-action cannot?

We have a programme of powerful animated documentaries from across the world, which we are delighted includes a large percentage of works by female directors and animators. The programme includes films about protest, modern-day slavery, immigration, conflict rape, personal memory, mental health, love, art, migraines, abuse, second-generation memories of war, suicide, and the ethics of representation of the Holocaust in the digital age. [For full details of films please see synopses below] Please note: Some of the films include intense flashing images.


11.30am - Doors open

Noon - Welcome - Dr Victoria Grace Walden (University of Sussex)
12.10 - 'What is Animated Documentary?' - Dr Bella Honess Roe (University of Surrey)

12.30 - Shorts Programme 1: Borders
To include: Neustro Pais (Our Country) (Mayra Flores, US), They Call us Maids (Terry Wragg, Leeds Animation, UK), Petition in Boots (Gliechenhaus Films, US),  Nowhere Dreams from Manus Island, (Lukas Schrank, UK/ Australia/ Manus Island) Wave (Debjani Mukherjee, India/Myanmar)

13.30 - Lunch

14.45 - Shorts Programme 2: Memories 
Including: Durrenwaid 8 (Kirsten Carina Geisser and Ines Christine Geisser, Germany), The Betrayal (Susan Young, UK), Warsaw January 2011 (Miriam Harris, Australia), Hoane Alone (Aaron Johnson, US), Animation HotLine (Dustin Grella, US)

15.45 - Break

16.00 - Feature: Another Planet (Amir Yatziv, Israel) + Skype talk with Dr Nea Ehrlich (Ben-Gurion University, Israel - TBC)

17.30 - Break

17.50 - Shorts Programme 3: Body and Mind
Including: Lingua Absentia (Kate Raney, US), Migraine MyGroan MyGain (John Akre, UK), Flying while Fat (Stacey Bias, UK), O Hunter Heart (Carla MacKinnon, UK), I'm OK (Elizabeth Hoobs, UK)

18.30 - Round Table and Discussion with filmmakers Susan Young (Royal College of Arts), Carla MacKinnon (Arts University Bournemouth), and Terry Wragg (Leeds Animation Workshop) with Dr Victoria Grace Walden (University of Sussex) and Dr Bella Honess Roe (University of Surrey).

19.30 - Closing Remarks followed by drinks and nibbles 


Best wishes


Victoria Grace Walden