Screened as part of TOAFF16
In this dystopian animation, cartoonists are mercilessly executed for offending those in power – until one of them attempts to strike back.
The film was created in response to the attack on Ali Farzat, a Syrian cartoonist whose hands were broken because of his critical portrayal of his president. While Kris Borghs was writing, designing and animating this film, other creators were less lucky: a Russian had to flee his country for painting Putin in lingerie, a French cartoonist was put on trial for insulting the pope, North Korea threatened war over a Kim Jong-Un persiflage and the tragic raid on Charlie Hebdo took the level of violence against artists to a terrifying new level.
This clever and witty animation purposely questions the limitations on political free speech and creative expression in societies across the world.