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Flow 2018 is a stop-motion film featuring handmade clay characters. In the film, a human character watches on as buffalo follow each other in a herd. Out of curiosity, he follows the animals, wearing a buffalo mask to blend in, but he later questions his decision. The story highlights the failure of individuals to find their own creative and moral paths in a world ruled by technology and social media.
Animation is not widely practised in Souliya Phoumivong’s home country of Laos, and the artist uses animation as a new way of educating people throughout the country.
Watch some of Souliya Phoumivong’s earlier animated films.
These films were commissioned by the US Embassy and the United Nations World Food Programme to communicate messages to Lao communities. What are the messages? How does Phoumivong use visual language to communicate his messages?
Watch Flow 2018 and observe how the human character changes. What is the artist warning us about technology and social media?
Create an animation, cartoon or poster that educates a community or group about an important issue.