Slaves


A film by David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn

– We were abducted my mother, father, sister and me. Then they killed my parents and separated me from my sister. I was five, Abuk tells us in a low voice. I stayed with one of the men who kidnapped us and took care of his goats. Slaves is about Abuk, nine, and Machiek, fifteen. Like thousands of other children they were taken from South Sudan by government sponsored militia in Sudan and used as slaves. They were later liberated by the organisation CEAWC (Committee for the Eradication of Abduction of Women and Children) now in South Sudan headed by James Aguer. Slaves is based on an interview made in 2003 and is the second film in a series of animated documentaries with and about children in difficult situations by David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn, and with design by Mats Johansson/Acne Jr.

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Production facts:

Production year: 2008
Format: 35 mm
Duration: 15 minutes

By David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn Art Directon/Character
Design: Mats Johansson, Acne Junior
Production Design/Animation Design: Magnus Östergren, Degauss
Lead Animation: Nicolas Hu Animators: Hubert Seynave, Gilles Brinkhuizen, Mathilde Le Moal, Nicolas Maurice, Benoît Galland.
Animation/Post Production: Degauss/Daniel Annefelt, Mats Karsvall, Marcus Dalhamn, Francis Paulsson
Background Animation: Isak Gjertsen
Photos: Kim Naylor 3D Models: Maria Avramova, Christer Hägglund
Rendering/Ass Compositing: Calle Herdenberg, Pär Linusson
Sound Design: Peter Albrechtsen, Anders Nyström
Advisor/Translation: Martin Majak.
Digital Grading: The Chimney Pot

Produced with supprt by: The Swedish Film Institute/Hjalmar Palmgren, Anne-Marie Söhrman Fermelin. SVT Documentary/Ulla Nilsson. The Norwegian Film Institute /Peter Bøe. The Danish Film Institute/Miriam Nørgaard. YLE Co-productions/Sari Volanen. The Nordic Film and TV Fond/Eva Færevaag. The Foundation for the Culture of the Future, Konstnärsnämnden/The Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Danida.
Co-producers: Anna-Maria Kantarius and Louise Køster/Pausefilm Aps, Øyvind Rostad/Medieoperatørene AS.
Produced by: Story AB.

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