“Why history matters”

WHY HISTORY MATTERS, 2018

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Synopsis (25 words):

A short animated film interpreting British film director, John Akomfrah’s contemplation about the importance of nonfiction narration on the historical scale in context of World’s humanitarian crisis.

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A short animation, upon John Akomfrah’s contemplation about the importance of nonfiction narration

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A short animated film interpreting British film director, John Akomfrah’s contemplation about the importance of nonfiction narration on the historical scale following the infamous quotation of Katie Hopkins “migrants as cockroaches” in “The Sun” newspaper in context of World’s humanitarian crisis. In 2D Animation technique, digitally drawn, imitating the aesthetics of a woodcut print. Style choice is based upon the concept of printmaking – highlighting the most important parts of narration.

Full credit List

Director: Olena Maksymova

Sound: Giulio Dal Lago

Editor: Olena Maksymova

Actor: Audio extract from John Akomfrah – Why History Matters | TateShots

© Tate Digital, Tate, London, 2017

Special thanks to:

Kim Noce

Lizzy Hobbs

Shaun Clark

Tim Webb

Maryclare Foe

Alita Serra

Produced as a part of Tate’s collaboration with London College of Communication
Director statement

Short animation film, interpreting British artist John Akomfrah’s contemplation about the importance of nonfiction narration on the historical scale following the infamous quotation of Katie Hopkins “migrants as cockroaches” in “The Sun” newspaper.

The film is developed on a collaboration basis between University of Arts, London (UAL/LCC) and Tate Modern Museum.

The animation is structured as a reflection upon John Akomfrah’s contemplation about the importance of nonfiction narration on the historical scale following the infamous quotation of Katie Hopkins “migrants as cockroaches” in “The Sun” newspaper.

John Akomfrah (b. 1957) is a British artist, writer, film director widely known for his thought provoking works, impregnated with careful speculation upon historical meaning of relating to the roots, portraying life of migrants, debating the image that imprinted in official memory.

Captivated by his critical thinking about the current political and social situation, I decided to build my animation upon the humanitarian crisis portrayal. The main idea of film is to highlight the striking discrepancy between the effort, made by some individuals, heroically saving human lives and media, imprinting stamps upon people who barely escaped life threatening circumstances in not-so-distant past.

In my opinion, it is of great importance to bring awareness to devaluation of a human life. To emphasise the idea of the contrast, animation aesthetic choice is build upon use of monochromatic visual vocabulary, where black and white represent contrast between life and death, hope and despair. Grey-scaled elements are in limited use.

The technique used is 2D Animation, digitally drawn frame-by-frame, imitating the aesthetics of a woodcut print. The choice of style is based upon the very concept of printmaking – highlighting the most important parts of narration, removing parts of non importance.

The crucial role in film is played by the texture of elements, structured and presented in a way to “bring life” to selected images.

The film is developed on a collaboration basis between University of Arts, London (UAL/LCC) and Tate Modern Museum.
Technical info

Length : 1min 30 sec

Size: 1920×1080 HD 16:9

Sound: Stereo

Formats Prores HQ & H264

FESTIVALS

Oficial Selection

2018, 16 April_ Feminist Border Arts Film Festival, New Mexico, USA

2018, 26 May_Beer Town Film Festival, Staffordshire, UK

2018, 1 June_MISTER VORKY, Serbia

2018, 27 June_XpoNorth Festival, Scotland

2018, 8 July_Hothouse Theatre’s Nottingham Film Festival, Nottingham, UK

2018, 23 July_300 Seconds Short Film Festival, Toronto

2018, 24 September_Anim!Arte – International Student Animation Festival of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

2018, 6 October_ANNY: Animation Nights New York

2018, 20 Nivember_ANNY: Animation Nights New York_“Systems of Power and Resistance”

Selected for competition for 2019 ANNY Best of Fest