This powerful short animation was created by Joost Jansen, a film-maker from Belgium.
Just 60 seconds long, it is part of an imaginative project marking the centenary of the First World War. 12 Minutes About Peace, a collection of 12 one-minute animated shorts on the theme of peace. They were made by both emerging as well as established talents in Flemish animation.
This film was inspired by the following ideas:
‘A soldier goes to the front during World War I, whose horrors make him realise that the enemy is actually war itself.
The testimony of this soldier stands as a methaphor for the terrible cruelty of war and the desire for peace.’
Peace was chosen as a theme in order to encourage contemporary perspectives and also to accentuate the positive, rather than focus exclusively on the negatives of war. Nevertheless, animators were allowed to address the theme in the way they wanted and with a free choice in form and technique. Films could benarrative or abstract, with or without dialogue, and draw on the widest range of animation styles. However, each film could only be one minute in length[More Information: Joost Jansen ]
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