For Baisheng Township, Napo County, on the Sino-Vietnamese border, the long border has become the political concept of the country between the two peoples, but for the border residents on both sides, the political demarcation extended by this geographical border lies in their emotions. It does not exist. The two sides of the boundary have the same ethnic origin and the same text. Politics is blurred, but life is clear.
Tell the story of Lu Tingmin's family from three aspects: "others", "self" and "everyone". Due to the control of the new crown epidemic, Vietnamese woman Lu Tingmin has not gone home to visit relatives for two years. Through the main line of "Chinese New Year", the embarrassment of the Chinese and Vietnamese border people is presented in a small way. It is not difficult to show the history of the great power and the relatives of the people. Micro facts.
In terms of "others", Lu Tingmin's husband helped others to kill pigs, Lu Tingmin helped the blind elderly to feed, others helped Lu Tingmin's family fight injustices, and Lu Tingmin's family's views on others, especially political workers... surrounded by others, the family Orderly, unmoved, this is strong and strong, which offsets the difficulties and weaknesses caused by others.
My name is Xiao Hu. I used to be a civil servant in Mainland China. I taught for three years in Xiahua Village, Baisheng Township, Napo County, Napo County, on the Sino-Vietnamese border. Now I am an independent documentary and documentary photographer. I have been following the changes and development of the Sino-Vietnamese border for a long time.
I hope that more forces will pay attention to the children on the border between China and Vietnam. They are marginalized and disadvantaged groups. To pay attention to them is to pay attention to the future.
This is Xiao Hu's second official selection to Animalis Fabula Film Festival.
AniFab judge's aggregate score for Flow Over is 7.1 with one note left in the judge's comment section stating, "important story. Animals are used in this film to show normal daily family lives in this region of the world. This is how people live. The main story is the most important, watch what happens to these families brought together at the boarder and then torn apart by political will. See how fragile individual lives and families are in comparison to a powerful Government. Yet so very universally human and not so fragile as we might think. Simply Powerful."
Director Statement - Grasshopper is my first experience with animation movie.
I was at that Paul McCartney concert in the Midwest of Brazil, where the stage was taken by thousands of grasshoppers. I really wanted to tell this story because it was directly related to the devastation of the Brazilian Cerrado biome and I also wanted to express my gratitude to Paul McCartney's extraordinary music which has been the soundtrack of my entire life
AniFab judge's aggregate score for Grasshopper is 7.2 out of 10 with one judge writing, "This is a fun, entertaining and informative film. When the grasshoppers arrived at the arena and we first heard the music it gave me a chill! The animation was colorful, fun and engaging and the timing was well done."
Once upon a time, there was a little girl who fell in love with a beautiful horse named Aurora...
Expressively animated in a naive drawing-style that evokes children’s drawings and the texture of storybook illustrations, Aurora is a bittersweet story about love, friendship, and growing up.
Jo is an award-winning Dutch/Canadian/Chinese/West Indian filmmaker from Canada. She holds an MFA in Film, Television, and Digital Media from University of California, Los Angeles, and a BFA in Animation from Concordia University. An animator by trade, her work can be seen in well over a dozen National Film Board of Canada productions, where she worked for fifteen years as an animator, supervising animator, and lead compositor, and where she also directed two films of her own.
Jo is currently living and working in Las Vegas, building the new animation program at Nevada State College, where she teaches animation, editing, and drawing.
AniFab judge's aggregate score for Aurora is 9.7 with one judge noting, "Thank you, we are so blessed to be able to share Aurora with our audience. I was captivated from the first note. I felt happy, then sad, then happy, then even more happy. In director Jo Meuris's case It is truly a gift for her to so effortlessly pull someone's emotions too and fro with a simple animated story about a girl and her horse friends. I was crying in joy in 4 minutes flat, We are looking forward to sharing Aurora, what a treat everyone is going to get!
In October, 2009 I began building the foundation of the World Animal Awareness Society & WA2S Films to become the award-winning, animal-centric, media non-profit it is today. I had captured the devastation to New Orleans and the gulf following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with my documentary, An American Opera The Greatest Pet Rescue Ever! and had wrapped a national screening tour in 45 cities supporting local animal rescues in 2010.
In early 2011, after much fanfare and launch of the World Animal Awareness Society, our then Michigan based non-profit was challenged by the Detroit dog rescue community to take notice of the homeless dog issues they were dealing with. I did. The World Animal Awareness Society developed the American Strays 2030 Project, an initiative to quantify the stray and homeless population of dogs and the associated community issues in the United States.
For the past 9 years I have been trying to get my head around telling a story with too many mostly opaque layers; the story of abandoned, stray, homeless dogs on American streets and in shelters, and the very rough existence they endure before a million are killed wantonly every year. I have hundreds of hours of the most compelling dog rescue footage and interviews with stakeholders all across the globe.
The American Strays Canine Survey was created, enabling volunteers to understand where the focal points of the problems are. Volunteer surveys have been deployed in many cities in Michigan, Texas, and the gulf region of the south. The canine survey allowed our teams to have purpose at the front lines of the independent dog rescue community, and to capture the raw elements that go into whether a city will be successful handling their community’s domestic animal issues.
The idea that a million dogs are killed specifically due to space issues in American shelters, for being homeless temporarily, was so very striking to me. It was right under my nose, and I truly had no idea until I saw it all first hand.
As our film team captured the action on the streets while the surveys occurred, I began to see the greater powers at work, keeping cities like Houston and Detroit from providing a higher quality of service to the animals and people in their communities.
For 2 weeks prior to Hurricane Harvey, I was in Houston surveying for homeless dogs and filming rescues working in the city, oblivious to any possible inclement weather, let alone a powerful hurricane like Harvey. After leaving Houston one day before Harvey struck, I felt compelled to come back and spent 3 additional weeks filming the aftermath.
As in New Orleans in 2005, Hurricane Harvey in 2017 tore the facade of everything away, including many of the layers that camouflage some animal shelter's activities. Hurricane Harvey opened a window into a dark secret of a multi-million dollar shelter that formerly was the focus of an Animal Planet series. Once Houston had been more thoroughly ripped open, the actual cause of the city's dog population problems became clear.
I believe the work I have put in on the American Strays 2030 Project with hundreds of people over the past 9 years will in fact cause a shift change in how American communities manage their domestic animals. RUFF LIFE is a call to action; The American Strays 2030 Project is the vehicle.
Cat rescue volunteer Mirna Kirin goes to the island of Mljet in an effort to trap as many of the local cats to castrate them in only few days. Her Don Quixotesque struggle intensifies, both with the cats and the islanders, as they often refuse to collaborate causing her to break.
AniFab judge's aggregate score for Catstream is 7.7 out of 10 with one judges writing, "At first I wasn't sure what I was seeing with the animal carrier in the river following the opening cat fornication scene. It really caught my attention and made me want to know what was going on. So many scenes we are familiar with as we've followed many rescuers and animal welfare advocates into the field. We are always so interested in seeing what is happening in all regions around the world. It is impossible not to become too frustrated right along with our protagonist."
2021 Official #AniFab Monthly Selections
Animalis Fabula Film Festival official monthly selections have the opportunity to compete for monthly attention as well as inclusion in the annual live / virtual film festival in Austin, Texas and the end of year fundraising benefit for animal welfare.