This is an animated sequence from the short "Thousand Hills of Hope" about Imana Truyers and her NGO called Thousand Hills of Hope, which supports medical and schooling projects throughout Rwanda. To learn more about her organization and to contribute, please visit thousandhillsofhope.be.
The animation was completely hand made with cut paper and jointed paper puppets.
Imana Truyers was born in Rwanda right before the genocide broke out in 1994, from a Hutu father and Tutsi mother. Through a series of fortuitous events and thanks to a Belgian nun, she was able to make it out of the country alive and was adopted into a Belgian family right before chaos ensued. She returned back to her home country for the first time in 2015, where she was able to see her family and the life that she almost had.
Direction & Animation - Hayley Morris (Shape and Shadow LLC)
Fabrication - Hayley Morris & Polina Zakharova
Director/Editor - Spencer MacDonald & Eva Verbeeck
Producer - Eva Verbeeck
Cinematography/Sound Design/Color - Spencer MacDonald
Audio Mix - Matteo Di Giulio
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