Following in the footsteps of Flee, Song Sparrow employs animation and animatronic techniques to shine a light on the refugee crisis.
A group of refugees pays a smuggler to reach a safe country in search of a better life. However, the freezing temperature of the vehicle of choice turns their hopes for a better future into a fierce struggle for survival.
It is a story that anyone who watches the news will be sadly all to familiar with. Desperate people willing to risk everything for the chance at a better life. However, the story has never been told like this before.
Director Farzaneh Omidvarnia classifies the short as live-action due to the way it was filmed. Animation is where the image changes frame to frame. Omidvarnia shot everything in camera, using electronics to manipulate the animatronic puppets.
It takes a skilled filmmaker to prove that horror is universal, no matter the genre it is delivered through. The feelings of fear and terror felt by those confined in a freezing truck are not diminished by employing animatronics. By using puppets, inanimate objects, they are not seen as real human beings to the traffickers. To them they are of the same value as the frozen pieces of meat surrounding them in the truck.
Choosing to make it a silent film, not only does it echo the fact that the refugees have no voice within the narrative spun by the media but it also represents the unspoken horrors endured by them.
One voice however is loud and clear. Omidvarnia is an exciting new voice that deserves to be listened to.
Director: Farzaneh Omidvarnia
Runtime: 12 minutes