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Chronic Youth 2021: Animation Short Film Programme (15*)

Cinema On Demand

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Three powerful and heartfelt shorts use animation in different ways: to explore stories of complex identities, seeking and finding belonging, and overcoming loss and heartbreak.

Adekemi Roluga’s Fragments captures the complex experience of being biracial, combined with a fragmented home life. Pulling together moments with her British-Nigerian father, and at school and home for being ‘different’, Roluga’s narration speaks of loss, hope and resolution.

Marko Djeska’s All Those Sensations in My Belly champions self-love, supportive friendships and being authentic. Through animation, Djeska conveys Matia’s transition to female, going through frightening experiences and looking for love - an important story. 

And in John Summerson's Februarium, a group of twenty-somethings stage an annual play to process their grief, bringing them together in laughter – a powerful medicine. A reminder of the sense of freedom that being together in-person can bring.

Inspired by animation? Join us for a free online workshop on Sun 16 May

Barbican Cinema has been supported by the Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England which is administered by the BFI, as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund supporting arts and cultural organisations in England affected by the impact of Covid-19. #HereForCulture.

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How to watch

Please note this rental is only available within the UK

1.    Choose the film you want to watch.
2.    Add to basket and proceed to purchase.

3.    If you already have an account, you can log in during the purchase. If not, create an account as you buy. 

4.    Once your purchase has gone through, you can click on the button to click to ‘Watch your films', or click on the link in your email, or go to your account.
5.    Start watching your video. From purchase, you have 48 hours to start and finish watching the film. Enjoy! 

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