Semáforo (Stop Light)
Under a Colombian city stoplight, a formidable circus act becomes a terrifying freak show.
0 – 5 | 2012 | Animation | Black Comedy | Colombia | Social Issues
Semáforo (Stop Light) is our homage to the Colombian culture and its magical imaginary on the day of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s departure. Deliberately “inspired by the people that live under the traffic light and the people who watch them” this animation winner of the Grand Prize for Adobe Achievement Awards 2013, and realized with the support of the Full Bright Columbia, shows the amazing performances of acrobats, fire-eaters and street clown gradually turning into a terrifying freak show.
The short film, made by Colombian animator, illustrator and teacher, Simón Wilches – Castro, also intends to highlight on the ongoing war in the Colombian jungle for which many people are forced to flee from their rural areas to take refuge in the great capitals. Very often these people have no other chance to earn some money but performing under the cities’ stop lights, setting up small circuses and sometimes showing the only thing that might attract a bit of sympathy and solidarity: their deformities and amputations. Worthy of note is the superb orchestration composed by Anna Drubith and directed by Hugo Gonzalez – Pioli (you can see the recording session here)
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