Paper Words

by Joyce Lee

A 3-D-animated short about a bright, five year old from China who uses her imagination to cope with her new life in America.

Global Voices

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Poetry in Motion

by Francesca Talenti

Voice narrations of poems come to life in this series of animated interstitials illustrating the subtle and ambiguous nature of poetry.

Great Performances

Reportero

by Bernardo Ruiz

A veteran reporter and photojournalist chronicles the interconnected stories of a rapidly changing city on the Mexican-American border.

POV

A Room Nearby

by Paul Fierlinger and Sandra Fierlinger

Paul Fierlinger's unique animation captures five individuals from diverse backgrounds as they describe their bouts with loneliness, its challenges and benefits.

Sandburg's Arithmetic

by Lynn Smith

This animated film, which uses crayon drawings on glass, offers a playful interpretation of Carl Sandburg's poem "Arithmetic," and includes a joyful and musical reading by the poet himself.

Short Stack 2006 with "My Life ... Disoriented"

by Eric Byler, Claire Yorita Lee, Di Quon, Liza Suh, Jasmin Gordon, Mai Heiselmann, and Mike Blum

Four films — including the two grand prize-winners of the first Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival — explore questions of love, displacement, belonging, and identity. Short Stack 2006 looks at the rise and fall of a boy's first zit, uprooted sisters taking on a new school, revelations about a mourned father, and country-western romance, Japanese style.

Independent Lens

Still Life with Animated Dogs

by Paul Fierlinger

From his dark days in Communist Czechoslovakia through brighter times in the United States, animator Paul Fierlinger has navigated through life with dog as his co-pilot.

Independent Lens

Los Trabajadores/The Workers

by Heather Courtney

Focusing on the lives of Juan and Ramon, immigrant day laborers working in Austin, Texas, Los Trabajadores/The Workers explores the contradictions that haunt America's dependence on and discrimination against immigrant labor.

Independent Lens

Waltz with Bashir

by Ari Folman

Written and directed by Ari Folman, this animated feature relates Folman’s struggle to come to terms with his role in the 1982 Lebanon War.

Global Perspectives Collection

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