PAF THEME: ISLANDS OF ANIMATION

The section called Islands of Animation deals with the "small history" of nations and ethnic groups that had not been allowed to express themselves due to their own so called "big history". Those cases are for instance, the tribal trauma of Africa, the descendants of Soviet imperialism or the heirs of colonialism who have been pointing out their views of their own countries and their histories. Animation techniques are a significant means of such expression. The section also provides profiles of artists such as Ishu Patel, an Indian artist dealing with folklore and Hungarian authors of various generations and their unreserved searching for East European identity.



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2:00 p.m. | FRIDAY 10 December 2010 | Theatre K3

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The distinctiveness of the Land of the Maple Leaf is defined as both a rampantly democratic American mentality and as being respectfully devoted to the more or less obsolete authority of the United Kingdom. Understandably the Francophone link cannot be ignored – this fact will be supported by such examples as the Canada Vignettes series and Theodore Ushevis’ biographical profile Lipsett’s Diaries.

These films are produced and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada.

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7:00 p.m. | FRIDAY 10 December 2010 | Film Auditorium

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This block focuses on films that deal with the relationship between animators – citizens of those countries that underwent oppression – and the homeland. Questions of historical memories and homeland will be addressed by Visit Prague, Pavel Koutský’s graduation film, and Andrew Kavanagha’s Hasan Everywhere.

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10:00 p.m. | FRIDAY 10 December 2010 | Theatre K3

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As Charles daCosta, a black scholar from the UK who put together the African block declares, black people in the United States and in the United Kingdom are not well represented in the media. Very often it is animation that reflects their experiences both on home ground and in their Diaspora, as with daCosta’s film School Dinners.

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2:00 p.m. | SATURDAY 11 December 2010 | Film Auditorium

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It is typical for all history textbooks in the world and for all records of historical events that they were written by the winners, by those who had the power at that time to say what was the truth. Animation often serves as a tool of effective expressive shortcuts. The block offers Jiří Trnka’s The Springer and SS-Men and John McCloskey’s Guns, Bees and Tadpoles; about life in politically tense regimes.

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8:00 p.m. | SATURDAY 11 December 2010 | Film Auditorium

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This section monitors the ways in which animation helped to at least enhance suppressed self-expression in the Central European countries that were tied to communism. Jiří Trnka’s The Hand and Jan Švankmajer’s The Flat represent metaphorical forms, whose message was not clear to the censorship apparatus and which united the audience in their communal understanding. The central European present will be approached by the Polish author Robert Proch (Virus) and the Hungarian film I am Simon by Tünde Molnár.

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10:00 p.m. | SATURDAY 11 December 2010 | Film Auditorium

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Each nation has a rich and colourful collection of national myths, fairy-tales and stories including memories, experiences, pleasures and miseries accumulated through the years. Tale about Miraculous Deer made by the Hungarian author Gizella Neuberger and Little Black Riding Hood by the Polish filmmaker Piotr Dumala are both retold – either respectfully or slyly.

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12:00 p.m. | SUNDAY 12 December 2010 | Film Auditorium

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The block of Australian animation offers the unique opportunity to become acquainted with the work of local workshops within which the Aborigines, the native Australian inhabitants, self-fulfil. Many of the projected films are not for distribution at all, but they serve as therapeutic tools. Those films will be supplemented by “white” Australian filmmakers: Denis Tupicoff, Sophie Byrne and Lee Whitmore.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PAF activities in 2017 have been supported by: The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, State Cinematography Fund, The City of Olomouc, The Olomouc Region and International Visegrad Fund.

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