Guns are not killers. They are pieces of metal that can be reassembled into anything, including a little boy, a bird or a rose. Just as they make them, we can unmake them, one by one.
“Little Fiel” is a stop motion animation/documentary about unending civil wars. It is loosely based on the life story of Mozambican artist Fiel dos Santos who grew up during the 16-year civil war - another proxy war equipped and sustained by foreign super powers. Fiel created eight figures representing his father, mother, five brothers and sister from dismantled Civil war guns. Three New York artists turned them into puppets and created immersive stop-motion animation, inspired by Fiel’s memories. “Little Fiel” tells a universal story of peaceful people who have been coerced, conscripted and enticed into killing each other. It is our collective act of resistance and hope.
gun sculptures by Fiel dos Santos
animated by Chris Langer, Gus Ford snd Irina Patkanian
director of photography Gus Ford
music by Adam Silverman
Sound design by Ross Adrian Williams
written/directed/produced and edited by Irina Patkanian