My name is Cinzia Angelini and I’m directing an animated short film that is quite different from the standard cartoon. It’s socially relevant. While it’s a difficult challenge to take the non-commercial, independently funded route, what follows may explain why I chose to pursue this goal.
The tragedy of War unfortunately did not end with the children of World War II. Even today, children continue to suffer from the ravages of conflict in many places around the world. It is their current plight that moves me to take action. To that end, I strive to produce "Mila", an animated short that presents the most tragic collateral damage of War as its theme – the youngest civilians. Though often overlooked and rarely mentioned by the media, civilians are the first to be hit, and their children, the last to be remembered.
The animated short is a great medium for bringing a message to the world, a message that speaks to both children, and adults. It's also an artistic way of delivering a strong statement not just to the masses, but decision makers too, with great visual power. "Persepolis" and "The Waltz of Bashir" are examples of animated features that have successfully addressed strong, even controversial themes such as the Islamic revolution and the massacre of Palestinian refugees. The short, meanwhile, has the potential of reaching an audience at the fraction of the cost and time necessary to produce a feature.
As “MILA” was inspired by true stories that both my mother and grandmother told me growing up, it is the tale of a child caught in the middle of War. The plan is to present "Mila" at film festivals world-wide, and focus attention on the forgotten collateral damage.