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The Work We Do: An Animation Retrospective

May 5, 2022May 15, 2022


Online stream at www.anifx.ca until May 15th

Tickets to Online Screening at www.anifx.ca

Presented in partnership with the Animation Festival of Halifax (AFX)

Craft. Labour. Practice. Drudgery. Vocation. We work every day, sometimes with joy and a sense of fulfillment, sometimes with loathing and a sense of alienation. We labour for pay, for free, or for barter; we exert ourselves for overlords, for ourselves, or for our communities. These animated films from across the country and across the decades reflect on the ups and downs of our experiences as beings who toil and strive. And what medium could be more fitting than the labour-intensive delight of animation?

Total running time: 65 minutes.


Get A Job!Curtailment of Civilian IndustriesYou Are Pretty Much On Your Own...

The HousewifeBistro GirlsMacphersonBiidaaban - The Dawn Comes

Seeing Her (Lindsay McIntyre, 2020) 3:30

We begin with Lindsay McIntyre’s homage to the skill and love of work her great-grandmother
did on her amauti, animated through Super-16 cinematography.

Get a Job! (Brad Caslour, 1985) 10:30

With a turn to the ironic, this 1980’s classic is an ironic riff on classic cartoons, peppered with pop culture references.

Curtailment of Civilian Industries (Philip Ragan, 1943) 2:00

From the vaults: World War II propaganda paints a picture of labour and consumerism.

You Are Pretty Much On Your Own… The Two Disasters of Homelessness and The Pandemic ( Jeff Karabanow, Katrin Doll, Catherine Levitan-Reid, Jean Hughes and Haorui Wu, 2021) 7:45

Researchers team up with Animator Shannon Long to create an animated short  exploring the homelessness sector in two Nova Scotian communities during the early phases of COVID. It is based on the SSHRC-funded 2021 study entitled “COVID-19  and Homelessness: Promoting Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery in Two Communities in Nova Scotia” by Jeff  Karabanow, Kaitrin Doll, Catherine Levitan-Reid, Jean Hughes and Haorui Wu.

The Housewife (Cathy Bennett, 1975) 6:00

The Housewife provides a 1970’s look a “women’s” work and a quiet celebration of the women who do it.

Bistro Girls (Jenna Marks, 2020) 5:00

Jenna Marks’s stop-motion animation brings out the sparkle of documentary interviews with Zoe Leger and Foxy Roxy as they reflect on their work as performers.

Macpherson (Martine Chartrand, 2012) 11:00

Martine Chartrand’s exquisite paint-on-glass animation celebrates a range of work and labourers in this true story of Frank Randolph Macpherson, a Jamaican chemical engineer working in the pulp and paper industry, who inspired Félix Leclerc to write his song about the log drives.

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) (Amanda Strong, 2017) 19:15

Indigenous people have harvested sap for thousands of years. In Biidaaban, a young genderfluid person and a shape-shifter continue this work in an urban setting.





May 5, 2022
May 15, 2022
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The Bus Stop Theatre Coop
2203 Gottingen St
Halifax, NS Canada
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