In this stunning animated short documentary, filmmaker Anne Koizumi taps into her memories of her childhood and her Japanese immigrant father. The film explores the toxicity of shame and how it can shape and define us while also concealing who we can truly become.
THIS FILM IS AVAILABLE ON DEMAND.
About the Filmmaker: Anne Koizumi completed her undergraduate studies in Film Production at the University of British Columbia and her master’s in film production at York University in 2011. In 2006, she was invited by the National Film Board of Canada to participate in Hothouse 3, an animation intensive for emerging animators, where she completed her first professional film A Prairie Story. Her films have screened nationally and internationally at Hot Docs, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Annecy International Animation Festival, Slamdance, Animation Nation in Singapore, Norwich Film Festival and the RIDM. In 2008, Anne was awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, quoted by the Jury as being “a superb animator, a fantastic story-teller, passionate, creative and inspirational in the way she uses sophisticated imagery and sound.” Anne has taught stop-motion animation workshops at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Hospitals and Community Centres throughout Toronto, Quickdraw Animation Society in Calgary, Alberta and is currently media arts educator at the National Film Board of Canada.
In this thought-provoking and forceful program, these characters are exploring their complex histories and envisioning their futures. SELF | PORTRAITS is a study on the power of identity and how we become who we are.