Director: Afarin Eghbal
Producer: Kasia Malipan
Writer: Afarin Eghbal and Francesca Gardiner
Cinematographer: Claire Buxton
Editor: Katherine Lee
Production Designer: Ines Afonso
Synopsis: In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother. However, horrific circumstances means she will be forced to wait over 30 years. Using real-life testimonials this animated-documentary raises issues of memory, repression and loss.
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Director and Co-Writer Afarin Eghbal: Iranian-born, Afarin moved to London as a baby with her family following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. She graduated with First-Class Honours in BA Graphic Design from the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College in 2007. Since then, she accumulated various awards and prizes for works she has directed, including the well-reputed Kodak Commercial Awards, where in 2007 she won three prizes including ‘Overall Winner’. In 2011 Afarin graduated from the National Film & Television School, with her graduation film, ‘Abuelas’. The film has had huge success, screening at over 120 festivals worldwide and receiving nearly 70 awards, including a BAFTA Nomination in 2012 for Best Animation. She aims to continue to bridge the gap between animation and documentary, using mixed-media techniques to explore complex social and political issues through non-polemic narrative.
Producer Kasia Malipan: Born into a small family of filmmakers, Kasia graduated from Film and New Media Studies at the University of Lodz in Poland being granted an MA degree in 2007. During film education period Kasia also spent one semester at the Stockholm University in Film Studies Department and did a lot of volunteer work on film sets. Her original plan was to continue education at the Film School in Lodz completing a postgraduate course in producing but eventually after getting some work experience within the industry in her country she decided to try her chances on a more challenging ground - London. Recently she has completed a postgraduate diploma in Production Management at the National Film and Television School, where she's also been given a rare opportunity to produce an animation graduation film. Since then Kasia has done internships for Academy Films and Ruby Films and continues freelancing in the industry.
Co-Writer Fancesca Gardiner: Francesca Gardiner graduated from Leeds University in 2006 with a Double First Class Degree in English Literature and History. She was awarded the Joint Honours History Prize for the highest mark in the year two years running. She spent a year living in Buenos Aires, where she discovered screenwriting for the first time under the private tuition of a Professor of Film from NYU. It was here she started her first feature script, based on her research into recent Argentine history. On her return to London, she enrolled in a part-time screenwriting class at Central Saint Martin’s whilst working as an assistant at the Discovery Channel. Wanting to broaden her experience in the industry, she started working for Kudos Film and Television as a runner, script- reading on the side. In September 2008, after an open workshop, the Soho Theatre invited her on their ‘Young Writers Programme’, for which she wrote a short play.
Cinematographer/ DoP Claire Buxton: Originally from the North West of England, Claire moved down to London after being accepted on the BA Honours Film and Video course at the London College of Communication in 2005. Whilst studying there she began working on low budget features and short films. Through this Claire gained enough experience to apply for the MA Cinematography course at The National Film and Television School for which she was accepted eventually. Production Designer Ines Afonso: Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Ines has followed the arts path graduating in 2005 in Fine Arts. Her passion for arts, history, psychology and film leaded her to a Directing course at Restart (Technical school of film and media, Lisbon), where she could learn several techniques and areas of work. While studying film, worked for several advertising production companies as a storyboard artist for three years and has done art direction and storyboard for five short films. She graduated from National Film & Television School in MA Production Design. Editor Katherine Lee: Katherine has a background in drama. Before coming to the NFTS, Katherine edited two low budget independent feature films, Deadpan Valentine and All Bar Love. Whilst studying for an MA in Editing at the National Film and Television School, Katherine has loved editing documentaries and fiction films including the following: A Letter To Dad, Noah's Canoe, Strays, The Secret Life of Objects and the documentary animation, Abuelas. She also enjoys working with visual artists and has edited single and multi screen installations and hopes to have a career where she can work in all three formats.