In the 1950s, during McCarthyism, everyone wanted to look the same. But Michael – the main character in Josephine Lohoar Self‘s stop motion short film The Fabric of You – felt different. So how do you come to terms with your diversity? How do you live without being able to show your identity?
These are the questions Michael tries to answer in this animated film, an extraordinary and profound work about love, loss, freedom, conformity, escape and tragedy.
Michael is a 20-year-old tailor mouse who has to come to terms with the memories of a past love. He is an anthropomorphic character similar to those in Art Spiegelman’s Maus, a cautious and careful animal, a precise and fearful observer.
The Fabric of You tells his story. Watch it here.