“Finding home” is a collection of climate refugee stories from around the world.
“Finding Home” is an animated documentary series made up of twelve six minute episodes. Each episode features the testimony of an actual environmental refugee uprooted from their home and forced to relocate to strange new lands, and uses the power of animation to convey raw emotion and to reveal the life-shattering effects of climate change. It represents the various impacts of climate that force people to flee: ocean level rise, drought, hurricanes, tsunamis and other extreme weather events. The protagonist voices in their original languages will be the narrators of the episodes.
Our pilot episode, released in 2022, tells the personal story of Antonia Jardenia da Silva from Brazil: a climate refugee forced to move from her home village to the big city in order to take care of her newborn baby as it struggles with microcephaly. The film follows the period of drought in Northeastern Brazil and the subsequent Zika epidemic caused by a mosquito-transmitted virus.
It has been screened at over 25 international film festivals and received Best International Film Award at Fastnet Film Festival (Cork, Ireland); Women in Animation’s Audio-visual production Heartbeat Award at National Animation Film Festival (Rennes, France); and got nominated for the Unifrance Short Film Prize (awarded during the Cannes Film Festival).
The pilot episode of “Finding Home” received support from the French National Film Centre (CNC Audiovisual Innovation Fund), regional grant from Nouvelle Aquitaine, and co-production short film funding from the Bulgarian National Film Centre. The series development is supported by The Redford Centre Development Grant (USA).
Maria is a film director/producer and founder of ANIMADOCS, an independent film production house based between Sofia and NYC. A graduate of Sofia University, Central European University and New York Film Academy’s Documentary filmmaking program, she specializes in social issue documentaries, animation and experimenting with mixed genres.
Manon is a French producer. In 2017 she joined Sacrebleu productions and worked with Céline Devaux, Agnès Patron, Michaela Pavlatova. Since 2018, she became associate producer at Iliade et Films where she produces a new generation of authors – Valentin Noujaïm, Maria Stanisheva, Loïc Espuche, Laura Thomassaint.