Co-director Aaron Kisner on “The Story of Kakenya”:
Kakenya's story is one that I have been wanting to tell since I met her in 2007. She inspires me. This specific telling was shaped by her own words. "Every child - it doesn't matter where they are - every child has a dream." It's a powerful reminder of the simple things that unite us. It evoked for me an image of a little girl, in the shade of a tree, dreaming about a future that might not have been likely. Once the decision to tell the story from the perspective of a child had been made, animation seemed like the right vehicle. The idea of collaborating with Pistachios (a lightbulb from the ever-supportive Adina Sales at Blacklist) was really exciting. I have been and continue to be a huge admirer of his work.
Co-director Pistachios on “The Story of Kakenya”:
I was very inspired by Kakenya’s story and to bring it to life I went for a really simple blocky style of animation. Even when you draw it simple, you can get a lot of expression across just by simple faces and postures. It's almost like the simpler it gets, the more effective the expression will be. I think it's because your brain does the filling-in and it automatically becomes more emotional. I also went for really soft textures and colours, to contrast the sharp shapes. I'm really happy with how it turned out.
Pistachios are represented by Blacklist in the US