The Politics of Articulation
Each of these seven filmmakers considers, in their own way, the challenges of communication. Their animated protagonists search for ways to articulate themselves across cultural barriers (Sanjana Chandrasekhar's 'The Dog With Wings') and generation gaps (Duncan Senkumba's 'Kyambogo'), struggling to find the words to express their dreams, regrets and desires in their family relationships (Andi Concha's '2.35m'), with new lovers (Yitong Wang's 'Dear You'), and while navigating unfamiliar geography (Hwanyi Kim's 'Eyes'). Wu-Ching Chang's 'My Grandmother is an Egg' annotates her grandmother's untold story, using it as a prism through which to better understand herself, while Joumana Ismail's 'Drawing the Line' questions a narrative she had internalised about her own artistic practice. These cerebral works share a collective sense of loneliness and discomfort, characterised by the frustration that builds when a person is unable to speak their truth. Yet through their dynamic, economic visual storytelling, each artist's individual point of view is made legible.
Simran Hans is a culture writer and film critic for The Observer. Her work has appeared in or on publications including BuzzFeed, Dazed & Confused, The FADER, The Guardian, Little White Lies, New Statesman, Pitchfork, Sight & Sound and Variety among others.