Decolonizing mobility: “El tono del mar” perspectives on animation and the migrant experience

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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Date
2023
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Major/Subject
Mcode
Degree programme
Master's Programme in Re:Anima – European Joint Master in Animation
Language
en
Pages
46
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Abstract
This thesis delves into the creative process behind the stop-motion animated short film, “El Tono del Mar”, which aims to provide audiences with an intimate glimpse into the lives of immigrants who leave everything behind to seek work in countries where they are treated as second-class citizens. The objective of this research is to explore how the film’s creation was undertaken to ensure an authentic and impactful portrayal of the topic at hand with an in-depth examination of films, books, articles, essays and personal experiences related to the migrant experience, to portray such experience with sensitivity, accuracy, and empathy. The key findings reveal the profound efforts invested in crafting an informed film that resonates with authenticity, shedding light on the significance of blending personal experiences, politics and social justice within an artistic work, and doing so with a lens that challenges the normative portrayal of the main character. By narrating the migrant experience through stop-motion animation, “El tono del mar” establishes a unique and compelling voice and intends to stand as a testament to how thoughtful research can lead to powerful storytelling and visuals that contribute to the discourse of a common shared human experience: migration.
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Supervisor
Real, João
Thesis advisor
Rahmati, Elham
Keywords
animation, stop-motion, papercraft, cut-out, de-colonial, geriatric nurse, migrant labour, immigration
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Media files notes: Stills Description: Stills from "El Tono del Mar" Media creators: Daniel Bolaños, Director of Photography of "El Tono del Mar"
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