This short documentary follows refugee Mitchell Pham from a Vietnam War prison camp to a new home in New Zealand. Director Sally Tran — a 2013 Killer Films Internship Scholarship recipient — uses an interview with Pham as an adult, and live action mixed with animation to recreate the harrowing childhood journey. DIY more than CGI, the animation process was based on Vietnamese folded paper-craft. Requiring 20 volunteers, the 10,000 animated pieces of paper (and a rich score from The Sound Room) provide suggestive weight to Pham’s story of survival and courage.
It was a great adventure, but things quickly changed for the worst …– From the narration
I Am Team
Funded by Creative New Zealand’s Screen Innovation Production Fund and the Asia NZ Foundation
Sound design, music and mix: The Sound Room, with Marshall Smith and Tom Fox