The New Promised Land.

I spent a portion of my Good Friday reading the news, and catching up on the circus known as the Republican party campaign for 2016. All of it makes my head hurt and just gets me enraged. Especially when I read more of the ignorant hate speech Trump and Cruz spew out. I also spent some time reading about the growing refugee crisis in Europe, which made me decide to post the three animations posted below from Mira Ruldo. These videos were made by Ruldo for a Univision web documentary that tells the story of 5 young Syrian refugees who risked it all for a chance to start over.

The work is really solid, the stories are compelling, as well as the website which gives an in-depth look at what is going on, and why there is a mass exodus from Syria. If you think you know what is going on because someone trying to get elected, reelected, hold on to power, or a TV or Radio pundit told you in a 30 second sound bite you probably don’t. Visit the site, watch the videos, get informed. Take action.

I don’t care what political side you are on. Put yourself in the refugees shoes and then ask yourself what would you want the rest of humanity to do for you.

HIAS: For the Refugee.

HIAS is the 130 year old American charity organization working to address the global refugee crisis. To get their message out, HIAS used London animation and illustration studio Moth Collective to create a compelling story about their history and how the organization has changed over the last 100 years. Written by Paul Wolfe, and illustrated and animated by Claudio Salas, Daniela Negrin Ochoa, Joe Bichard, and Jennifer Zheng, the two and a half minute video is moving and visually beautiful. Moth uses a limited color pallet with dark sweeping transitions to move you from the beginning of their story to the present day. Frames are highlighted with occasional accent colors that play off of the main red, white, blue and black color pallet. Its a really nice piece for a really wonderful organization.