Echoes from the Past

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Marc Faye | 2021 | 4 min | Animation |France | French (English subtitles)

Immigrants Story: Senegal

On 23 February 2005, the radio announced a law project about the benefits of French colonisation. This announcement disrupted the daily life of Louise and her family. Her house turns out to be inhabited by strange presences.

Selection :

  • Annecy International Animation Festival (France, 2021)

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Bruno Collet | 2012 | 10 min | Animation |France | French (English subtitles)

With: Claude Cottineau, Suzie Ripoche, Dominique Engelhardt, Kim Dehau

Immigrants Story:  Indochina

During Emile’s birthday, an event will bring out his soldier's old past. A past which some part of the family would rather forget.


  • Rhode Island International Film Festival - Best Animation Award (United States, 2013)


  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France, 2013)

  • International Festival of Francophone Film in Acadie (Canada, 2012)

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Stéphane Ly-Cuong | 2018 | 21 min | Psychological drama | France 
French, Vietnamese (English or French subtitles)

With: Mike Nguyen, Linh-Dan Pham

Immigrants Story: Vietnam

In the early 1960’s, Loan, a young Vietnamese woman, and Pierre, her Eurasian husband, are relocated to a village in Auvergne, under a resettlement program for French nationals from Indochina. Loan believes that the situation is only temporary and that she will return soon to Vietnam. 


  • Huesca International Short Film Festival (Spain, 2019)

  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France, 2019)

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Aude Ha Leplège | 2019 | 14 min | Animation, Documentary
France, Belgium
| French (English subtitles)

Immigrants Story: Vietnam

Between two housekeeping tasks, an elderly couple tell their granddaughter about their lives in Vietnam and France, during wartime. They talk about how they met, when they were twenty years old, and the rest of their lives up until today. They describe the major stages of their relationship, speaking of exile and immigration, sometimes with humor, sometimes with seriousness.


  • Anima Festival -  Award of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Belgium, 2020)



  • Namur International French Film Festival (Belgium, 2019)

  • Prix UniFrance du court-métrage (France, 2019)

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Sandra Desmazières | 2021 | 15 min | Animation |Canada, France | French (English subtitles)

Immigrants Story: Vietnam

Two sisters grow up in Vietnam and are separated by the war between North and South. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, Thao, in her teens, must leave the country with her uncle. Her sister Saoi Maï, only a little older, remains with their parents, hoping they will soon be reunited. But their separation will last nearly 20 years, and the letters they exchange are their only way to connect and relieve their loneliness. Thao and Sao Maï write about their everyday lives, their memories, the war, and its ghosts.


  • Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival 2021 - Best animation

  • Newport Beach Film Festival 2021 - Best animated short (United States)



  • Oscars 2022 - Animated Short Film Section

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Elsa Duhamel | 2019 | 19 min | Animation, documentary | France 
French, Vietnamese (English subtitles)

Immigrants Story: Vietnam

Jeanne, born in 1959 in Saigon, has a golden childhood, protected from the war raging between North and South Vietnam. Fascinated by horses, Jeanne rides a mare named Bach-Hông. But on April 30, 1975, the communists take over Saigon.

Awards :

  • International Festival War on Screen - Best short film (France, 2020)  

  • Animario, Madrid International Festival of Contemporary Animation - Best short film (Spain, 2020)


Selections :

  • Cesar Awards 2021, French film industry awards 

  • Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2021)

  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France, 2020)



Antoine Beauvois Boetti| 2020 | 15 min | Social drama | France 
French (English subtitles)

With: Ogabek Rajabov, Hichem Yacoubi, Simaga Demba

Immigrants Story:  Afghanistan

In a migrants' reception centre, Salman, a 22-year-old Afghan, prepares for his hearing at the CNDA (National Court for Asylum), forcing him to recall his first and only match of buzkashi, Afghanistan's national sport.

Selections :

  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France, 2021)

  • Saint-Jean-de-Luz International Film Festival (France, 2021)

  • Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2020)

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Shira Avni, Serene El-haj Daoud | 2003 | 6 min | Animation | Canada

Immigrants Story : Lebanon

This short animation tells the story of Saoussan, a young girl struggling to adjust to life in Canada after being uprooted from her war torn homeland. She has come to seek a quieter and safer life, although memories of war and death linger, memories that are awakened when the children at her new school prepare for a scary Halloween. From Far Away speaks to the power within us all to adapt like Saoussan and to welcome a newcomer.

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Martine Chartrand | 2000 | 9 min | Animation | Canada Silent

Immigrants Story: Sub-Saharan Africa, West Indies

Martine Chartrand’s animated short dives into the heart of Black culture with an exhilarating trip through history. Watch as a young boy traces his roots through the stories his grandmother shares with him about the events that shaped their cultural heritage.


  • Berlin International Film Festival - Golden Bear, Best Short Film

       (Germany 2001)

  • Jutra Awards - Best Animated Film  (Canada, 2002)

  • Leipzig DOK Festival - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Honorable Mention (Germany, 2001)