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“My Dad”, racism through the eyes of a child

A father’s views on society can easily influence a son’s behaviour, changing his view of the world and altering his perception of his surroundings. Comments of hatred, racism and bigotry creep into the way he thinks and acts and transform his understanding of the world.
My Dad“, Marcus Armitage‘s animated short film, is about just that, as it takes a look at a father’s relationship with his son and examines how judgement, violence and contempt can create a toxic growth environment.

Made in 2014 as a graduation project at London’s Royal College of Art, this 6-minute short film is about a vibrant and colourful multicultural community full of experiences and opportunities that becomes a breeding ground for racism and intolerance.
With vibrant colours, expressive movements and a fast-paced pace, “My Dad” attempts to examine where fear towards others comes from and understand how stories are passed down by analysing in depth how a thought can be passed on from generation to generation.

Nominated at the 2015 BAFTAs, this short film is a difficult and relevant work that makes you think and explores a different perspective on racism. Watch it here.

Directed/written/animated by Marcus Armitage
Additional Animation by Jonathan Long, Diana Gradinaru and Noriko Ishibe
Voice by Divian Ladwa
Sound Design Laura Jane Stacey
Sound Mix by Mike Wyled
©Royal College of Art 2014
Supported by the Nat Cohen Scholarship

“My Dad”, racism through the eyes of a child