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Petra's Poem

Directed by Shira Avni
Canada, 2012 (animation, 4 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "Le poème de Petra"
Petra's Poem
Photo © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)
Video (National Film Board of Canada) [French]

Film Description:
"In this visually compelling short, Toronto artist Petra Tolley performs her soliloquy about what it feels like to be 'in the middle.' Petra has Down syndrome, and draws from her emotional experiences to produce a distinctive take on the social self. But Petra is not alone—a group of adults with Down syndrome use performance to explore the dynamics of seclusion, societal expectations and social support. Director Shira Avni employs rotoscopy, hand-drawn animation techniques and subtle stereoscopic 3D, capturing Petra as she engages the camera with unflinching directness, heightening our sense of intimacy, alienation, bonding, and ultimately, dignity."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Shira Avni
Produced by: Shira Avni, Michael Fukushima, Roddy McManus, David Verrall
Principal Cast: Matthew Brotherwood, Daninah Cummins, Kenneth Freeman, Amy Glass, Nicholas Herd, Aldene Hussett, Katherine Newton, Angela Radford, Sean Rowley, Katy Sparling, Katie Tanner, Paul Wong
Cinematography: Carrie Haber
Animation: Shira Avni, Paul Tom
Film Editing: Carrie Haber
Music: Luigi Allemano
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada, Shira Avni
Additional Credits: Poem writing [Poème - écriture]: Petra Tolley; Choreography [Chorégraphies]: Shira Avni, Petra Tolley; Original drawings [Dessins originaux]: Petra Tolley
(sources)

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