Animations we loved this year – 7 short films that inspire action

Who doesn’t admire a well crafted animation? Especially one that lifts the spirit and emboldens you to uproot oppressive systems and make way for a better world.

Here are seven short animated films we loved in 2021. Stories that make us angry and sad in parts, but also fire our hearts and inspire action for people and the environment we’re part of.

These beautifully-made films have it all. From precious ways of life and nature threatened by industrial agriculture, plastic pollution and climate breakdown. To people organising to resist fossil fuel giants, call out big name corporations and hold governments to account.

Above all, they show how women, youth and the most affected communities are leading – with courage and vision – to protect what we love and shape a more green, just and joyful future for us all.

Polluters & Plunderers: The Roots Of Africa’s Crises

This is a story of resistance led by women and communities as they rise to defend people and nature

This is the first in a powerful series of animated short films from our friends at the African ecofeminist alliance WoMin.

Through beautiful and moving animation, Polluters and Plunderers tells a part of the story that rural and working-class communities across the African continent have confronted from the start of colonisation to present day global capitalism.

This is a story of lives disrupted and destroyed, of environmental catastrophe caused by unfettered extractive industries, of the violence perpetrated upon Brown and Black people, and of the exploitation of women’s labour of care and harm inflicted on their bodies.

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