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Animated Documentaries + Filmmakers Q&A Today

Visa, Maryam Tafakory, LIAF, London International Animation Festival

Visa (Maryam Tafakory)

Animated Documentaries today and we’re very pleased to be able to welcome many of the filmmakers afterwards on stage for a Q&A.

When you think about it, animation is a great tool for creating documentaries. Perhaps the camera couldn’t be present during the action; perhaps the action is invisible to a live action camera or maybe the documentary ‘story’ just needs some extra special style to make it compelling or easier to understand. Persuasive, illustrative and able to get over abstract details in attractive and compelling ways, animation is the perfect tool to document someone’s vision of the truth.

This group of films form a compelling argument that animation can help the documentary form push boundaries and pose a network of challenging, existential questions. Subjects this year range from traditional Irish folk furniture, Scottish coalminers, death as seen through a child’s eyes, sleep disorders, a young refugees experience of living in the UK, a very recent dialogue with incarcerated Californian psychopath Charles Manson and much, much more!

Act of Terror, Gemma Atkinson, Una Marzorati, LIAF, London International Animation Festival

Act of Terror (Gemma Atkinson & Una Marzorati)

So, if you’d like to hear what: Carla Mackinnon (Director, Devil in the Room); Matthew Brookes (Director, SPD & Me); Maryam Tafakory (Director, Visa); Gemma Atkinson & Fred Grace (Directors/Producers, Act of Terror) and Salvador Maldonado (Director, Drawing From Memory (Ali’s Story) and From A to B and Back Again) have to say… and get the chance to ask them your own questions too, come along to the Barbican today and join us at 14:00. In the meantime, you can take a look at a selection of trailers below.

Devil in the Room trailer
SPD & Me trailer
From A to B and Back Again trailer

You can find out more about the films screening and book your tickets here.

Drawing For Memory (Ali’s Story) (Andy Glynne & Salvador Maldonado, 2012)