BUZ E CHINI – AFGHANISTAN FIRST 3D ANIMATION WITH VO
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Afghanistan has produced its first self-funded 3D animation cartoon animation. Alessandro Pavone reports.
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Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
This is the first 3D Afghan animation cartoon.
The protagonists are the goat Buz e Chini and a bad wolf that would love to eat her little goat kids.
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Buddha statues in Bamyan, this short animation is based on an ancient Hazara folk tale, encouraging peace and brother hood.
Mother goat leaves home and tells her children not to open the door to anyone. As the mum leaves the gate, the wolf slips into the house.
One of the three brothers manages to escape and call his mother.
The next day, mum goat gets her revenge and her two sons back after beating up the old wolf.
‘We want to work with our culture, we want to work with our people, we want to let this country grow. We want the peace that’s the only thing. This film is translating peace.’
Abbas was born in Afghanistan and had to flee from the country when the Taliban took control in the 90s.
After getting a degree in graphic animation in Pakistan, he decided to base his first animation project on a story very close to his Hazara roots.
‘Somebody was actually trying to erase your culture, your history. So right after that we decided to do something to make our culture alive once again.’
While he was living in Pakistan, Abbas started the production of “Buz e Chini” in 2005.
The project was self-funded and the team had to struggle hard for a couple of years to raise money for the postproduction.
‘The day we completed was fifteen of march and that day was the day when the company got locked and the electricity cut off. This is the actual story.’
This pioneering animation aims to replace Russian or Iranian cartoons, widely popular in Afghanistan.
Premiered in Oslo last October, Buz e Chini has been shown in Afghan cinemas for the first time in the last week.
Abbas and his team have no plan for the distribution yet.
The film is basic and has to do with the budget, not for the lack of creativity.
But the message of peace gets through.
Alessandro Pavone, in Afghanistan, for the NATO Channel
Year of Production: 2012
Country: United States