Director: Kris Borghs | Countries of production: Belgium | Year: 2016 | Length: 7 min
Language: No dialogue | Age: 12+ years
Genres: Animation | | Regions: Global

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.

Brussels Short Film Festival, Official selection
Festival Anima, Official selection