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ANIMA ITER

Ukraine 2022
Duration: 01:52
Directed by: Diana Hubska
Screenplay: Diana Hubska
Animation: Diana Hubska
Technique: Mixed media
Music: AIVA
Production/School: Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts

The war brings unbearable pain to the people affected by it. It leaves an imprint that will never be erased. Someone has this feeling of anxiety, others have constant fear, some are even forced to face a mental disorder. Getting over the terrible events of the war and maintaining faith in a better future sometimes seems like an impossible task. Daily stress leads to a decline in strength, makes it difficult to see the beauty of the world around us and enjoy the new day. Therefore, all people affected by the war need hope.  "Anima Iter" in translation from Latin means “a soul journey” The animation film tells the story of a soldier who died defending the homeland. But death for him is not the end, it is the beginning of a new journey in the afterlife to rebirth. A story that supports the faith and does not allow one to lose heart is really relevant for all people who have suffered from military aggression. The animated video was inspired “Summerland” by Hannu Rajaniemi, “The Years of Rice and Salt” by Kim Stanley Robinson and “Bardo Thodol”, commonly known as “The Tibetan Book of the Dead”. A soldier's toy smashed by a bullet symbolizes the death of a young soldier who bravely defended his country. In the next scene, the film stripe is spinning, it shows the events of our hero's life. Then, through the tunnel, the soul fololows the light and falls on the meadow “Bardo”. In this project, the soul appears in the form of a translucent shimmering sphere with a small light inside. When there is enough energy in the soul, it glows brightly. Pure white light stands for a way to a new life. 



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