Plum Flower Deer: A Visual Story of Courage and Rebirth

Plum Flower Deer: A Visual Story of Courage and Rebirth

Plum Flower Deer is a two-minute animated short film, with story, design and animation by Yoho Hang Yue at Toronto’s Crush Production Company. The film tells the story about a pair of Plum Flower Deer, (one of the most auspicious, divine animals in Chinese culture), who are separated by an act of man but are rejoined in spirit. The Plum Flower Tree itself has been the subject of innumerable paintings and poems, representing courage and elegance. The film draws on Chinese art and tradition, presenting an artistic rumination about love, hope, the natural world and rebirth.

Plum Flower Deer: A Visual Story of Courage and Rebirth

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War School: Military Training for Child Soldiers

War School: Military Training for Child Soldiers

War School is an acclaimed, chilling short film directed by English filmmaker Ben Newman. War School was a film competition winner at Ctrl.Alt.Shift, a movement for a new generation fighting social and global injustice. The film re-creates a military training camp for child soldiers in a British school, transplanting the horror and injustice of the indoctrination of child soldiers to a British classroom setting. This short film performs one of the key roles of visual media in social activism, bridging the gap between the audience and a distant reality. By changing the context of the violation, the film recasts child soldiers; no longer are they simply “distant others” worthy of our pity and damned to a place of violence, but rather precious children in need of our attention and support.

War School: Military Training for Child Soldiers

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