Punica Granatum

We were approached by the poet, Laressa Dickey to help tell the story of the Istanbul 10, a group of Human Rights Defenders who were arrested in Turkey and accused of aiding an extremist terrorist group. One of these was her husband.

We wanted to share the story and point people toward this petition, to free Taner and drop the charges against the #Istanbul10. 

We were struck by the poem, which was written years ago, before the arrest, and it seemed to be full of imagery about freedom of speech and movement. 

Each scene was animated on paper using watercolours and them composited in Aftereffects. 

Role: Co-direction, Animation, Compositing 




Poem and reading by Larissa Dickey 

Directed and Animated by Phoebe Halstead and Angie Phillips (ARC)

Music by Russel John