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Animated Short Films by Cilia Sawadogo

May 28, 2 pm3:30 pm.

These animated shorts by Canadian-Burkinabé-German director, writer, and animator Cilia Sawadogo shine a light on shifting identities, ancestral wisdom, and bridging the gap between social classes.

The Tree Spirits
2005, 45min
In French with English subtitles

In a desert savannah, two children named Kodou and Tano meet the caretaker of a century-old tree that a contractor wants to cut down. Seeking their ancestors’ help to protect the tree, Kodou and Ayoka discover that the gigantic baobab is a door between two worlds—and that, without it, nature’s balance will be shattered.

Christopher Changes His Name
2000, 6min

This animated short tells the story of Christopher, a little boy who changes his name to Tiger. But when he has trouble cashing a birthday check, Christopher questions his choice.

The Cora Player
1996, 7min
In English and French with English subtitles

In this animated short, a girl confronts the wrath of her father when she challenges tradition by falling in love with a boy from the griot caste.