Photo Essay

Animation in Madrid

Mohammed Tayeb (a Palestinian artist collaborator with Refocus) and Paloma have been running workshops in the Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) for young refugees in Madrid. The workshops use stop motion images and make play-do figures to tell a story and send a message. The participatory animation workshops allow the adolescents to express themselves and integrate with different nationalities, they have total control over the production, from the creation of the dolls, the story plot and then the filming of the short animation.

Michel Gonzalez (photographer and Refocus volunteer) and myself, Kate Denman went along to check out some of the excellent projects that are being done and lend a hand with composition.

The mix of youngsters from Peru, Morocco, China, and Guinea Conakry and Mali showed us their dolls they had made that they will use to tell their story of unity and peace between nations. We showed them images, discussed composition, and practiced shooting with their characteristic dolls.

It was great to see such a diverse group of people working together, the youngsters (from 12 to 18 years old) will be sharing the results of their creativity in the Cruz Rojo Madrid in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in getting involved or going the the screening of the animation should contact

veiw the final animation here

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2 responses

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato gave props (22 Feb 2010):

    excellent project!

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (22 Feb 2010):

    Great Imaginative and Learning Project. Thanks for sharing!!

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