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Behind the Schoolbag – by Nic Ho Chun Yu

Against bullying, love yourself: a story about self-salvation

2015 | 5 - 10 | Animation | Childhood | Dark Comedy | Hong Kong

Shaun’s childhood is hell – hunted by other students, ridiculed, excluded, victim of cruel jokes. He’s really exasperated and thinks that the solution is answering violence with violence. All that’s separating thought from action is the zip of his school bag. As a grown man, Shaun dreams of a different childhood, marked by kindness, but the past has made him fragile and insecure. Revenge doesn’t make him a better man. The only way to save himself is to learn to love himself.

Behind the Schoolbag is a thought-provoking and profound 2D animated short film. The minimalist animation technique used by Intoxic Studio fully supports the direction by Nic Ho Chun Yu. Compared to many other works dedicated to bullying, Behind the Schoolbag doesn’t consider just the present, but projects ourselves forward into the consequences that an experience of violence in childhood has in adult life. It’s a story about self-salvation, we can do nothing but meditate and reflect upon ourselves. Modern life tells us of children/adults who’re not able to sustain this weight, Shaun teaches us that learning to love yourself is the only way out.

Screened at Clermont-Ferrand, Behind the Schoolbag has been selected at the 2016 editions of Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Cartoons on the Bay Pulcinella Awards.

Chiara Pascali

Chiara Pascali

Digital Strategist. Particolare inclinazione verso la continua ricerca del nuovo e del bello. Cinema, letteratura e musica i linguaggi che preferisco per sondare la realtà che mi circonda.

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