Resilience in a child’s imagination is creating an adventure even when forced to leave it all behind.
“Exit Tales” is an animated series that fuses imagination and reality. It is based on the stories of six children fleeing their homes in Venezuela, Afghanistan, Syria, Guatemala, South Sudan, and Ukraine in order to survive.
Through voice-recorded interviews, we dive into the journeys of six child refugees. Instead of re-telling events, we focus on their imaginative way of storytelling. We bear witness to their fleeing tales and bring alive their fantasies while dealing with grief, exclusion, hopes and dreams of a new life.
Using the vast capacities of animation, each child magically creates, or sometimes transforms into, a fictional character that can freely move between the real-factual world and their imagination. A child-like colorful universe full of metaphors about the challenges of leaving home as a kid, and a universal depiction of what it is like to be a migrant anywhere in the world.
Maarten founded Storyhouse in 2013, having produced 20 films since, he now focuses on youth content: animation, fiction and documentaries. We are looking for projects which either have a strong content link with Belgium or which involves key Belgian talent.
Mariana Cadenas Sangronis
Mariana is a Venezuelan journalist turned filmmaker, based in Belgium with a ‘Doc Nomads’ master's degree from LUCA School of Arts. She worked as a video journalist for AFP, and in "Women of the Venezuelan Chaos", an award-winning documentary. She is an EsoDoc and Cinekid Script Lab participant, currently working on an animated series about migration and a VR documentary experience called "Draw for Change!".