TIFF Kids Talk Film: ANINA, An Animated film about Palindromes and Empathy

Willem and Miranda are back with another short video review from the TIFF Kids film festival. A highly stylized animated feature from Uruguay which examines childhood conflict called ANINA.  The eponymous little girl with the palindrome name has an evocative imagination that goes pretty wild when she is punished for fighting with another girl in the school yard. Her quest to understand what sort of punishment she is going to receive for her actions was intense and engaging while still grounded in real world of an average child's problems and learning.

Twitch has been on the Internet long enough that many of its writing staff have children old enough to understand and consume media in a way that is both raw and fresh. It might even come with an inkling of consideration afterwards -- it's true that many of us fall in love with the movies when we are very young.

In the past, Willem (age 11) and his younger sister Miranda (age 9) have discussed films ranging from Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox to Jacques Tati's Playtime to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. They also did a 15 part series on Studio Ghibli which can be found in the Twitch archives or at the Kids Talk Film Channel on Vimeo.

AninA screens at TIFF Kids Saturday April 19, 10:30am and Sunday April 20, 3pm at TIFF Lightbox.
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