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Decolonizing Animation : Films and Shorts

Films about BIPOC Animators

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life 
Dir. Michael Fiore; Erik Sharkey
Country: USA
Date of Release: 2016 
Synopsis: Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. At 80 years old, see how Disney Legend Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney, continues to impact animation and stir up "trouble" after the company forced him to retire at age 65.- taken from IMDb


Moustapha Alassane, cinéaste du possible 
Dir. Maria Silvia Bazzoli, Christian Lelong
Country: France
Date of Release: 2009 
Synopsis: Moustapha Alassane is a living legend in African cinema. His adventures take us to the era of "pre-cinema", to the times of magical lantern and Chinese shadows. He is the first director of Nigerien cinema and animation films in Africa. He tells very old stories with current technology, but he also narrates the most current events with the most archaic means. This documentary not only tells the adventure of a human being and an extraordinary professional, but the memories of a generation, the history of a country, Niger in its golden age of cinema.- taken from IMDb

Films by BIPOC Animators

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness  
Dir. Mami Sunada
Country: Japan
Date of Release: 2013
Synopsis: Follows the routines of those employed at Studio Ghibli, including filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.- taken from IMDb

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Dir. Pamela Tom
Country: USA
Date of Release: 2015 
Synopsis: TYRUS examines the life and work of pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong. Beginning with his arrival to the immigration detention center at Angel Island in 1919, nine year old Tyrus would overcome a life of poverty, racism, and discrimination to become a renowned painter and Hollywood sketch artist. The film will show how the quiet beauty of Tyrus's eastern influenced paintings caught the eye of Walt Disney and became the inspiration for the classic animated feature Bambi. For the next 25 years, Tyrus brought his artistry to Warner Brothers where his striking storyboards and set illustrations helped set the tone and drama for films such as The Sands of Iwo Jima, Rebel Without a Cause, William Goldman's Harper and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. At 104, Tyrus is the oldest living Chinese American artist
.- taken from IMDb

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Dir. Domee Shi 
Country: USA
Date of Release: 2018
Synopsis: A Chinese-Canadian woman suffering from empty nest syndrome gets a second shot at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes alive.- taken from IMDb

Hair Love  
Dir. Matthew A. Cherry  
Country: USA
Date of Release: 2019
Synopsis: A father tries to do his daughter's hair for the first time.- taken from IMDb

The Book of Life  
Dir. Jorge R. Gutierrez
Country: USA
Date of Release: 2014
Synopsis: Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears..- taken from IMDb

Virus Tropical  
Dir. Santiago Caicedo 
Country: Colombia; Ecuador 
Date of Release: 2017
Synopsis: Paola is born in a traditional Colombian family, or at least that is what they try to be. Her father is a priest, her mother is a "psychic" and her sisters are not what their parents expected. She is a young Latin American woman struggling for her independence in a hard context full of stereotypes and appearances not being able to fit in any mold. With a unique feminine vision of the world this girl learns to live while she lives as she witnesses a series of small crises that shape her personality.- taken from IMDb

Dir. Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina 
Country: United States 
Date of Release: 2017
Synopsis: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.- taken from IMDb

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