A breathtaking work with social commentary and technical skill. “Migrants“Examines the heartbreaking consequences of a climate catastrophe. The animation – an impressive collaboration between the fifth year animation students Zoé Devise, Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak and Lucas Lermytte, who are currently at the French Pôle 3D school – revolves around a simple story: a mother polar bear and her cub flee from their arctic habitat, while styrofoam icebergs crumble into the water and their once frozen home becomes uninhabitable. When they encounter insensitive brown bears in a lush, green climate, the duo struggles to survive.
Using knitted patchwork figures and digitally crafted sets that are reminiscent of stop-motion techniques, the poignant short film expands the climate crisis narratives that only cover the immediate effects of a hurricane, a fire or, in this case, an entire region of the planet that is melting , investigate. Instead, “Migrants” embraces the difficulties refugees face when displaced by such events, and the cute, plush boy’s frightened facial expressions and frightened whimpers create a dose of empathy that is often lacking in today’s conversations and debates. In an interview Delving into their process, the directors said:
We knew we wanted to make a short film about society and current issues. In 2018 there was a controversy surrounding the boat “Aquarius”who had rescued migrants in the Mediterranean, but no country wanted the boat to dock in its ports. That touched us and we took inspiration from this event as the theme for our film. So we made a story about migration, but overlaid it with the topic of global warming. With polar bears as our main characters as they are one of the species most severely affected by climate change.
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