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Wouhouuuu! We are Chekchy!

Two yelostudio movies ("La Fille à Cent Sous" and "Zeid & Leila") have been selected for the NO TABOO 2009, 4th International Festival of Animation and Sex Education in Rio de Janeiro! This is a festival that concentrates on animation in relation with sex & relationships! We don't always make a fuss about it when we are selected, but we are specially proud to be screened there, at a festival that treats animation as a mature medium for a mature audience…And that has "sex" in its title!

From the website:
The Short Animation Competition Program is made up of Brazilian and foreign animations from Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Korea, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Lebanon (<– that's us!!), Malaysia, United Kingdom, Sweden and Uruguay. The subjects covered by the animations are related to love, romance, safe sex, relationships, sexuality, gender, sexual diversity and eroticism, many animations treat the subject with good humor.

So if you have some money, I expect you to book a trip there right away so you can watch our movies in all their sexy glory.

Sem Tabu

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Today I Die

The latest game by Daniel Benmergui is simpy great. It's called "Today I Die".

screencap from the Today I Die game by Daniel Benmergui

screencap from the Today I Die game by Daniel Benmergui

It is an artistic piece in between a poem and a video game; But also, this game is a milestone in my gaming experience: I've seen my share of experimental and "artistic" (whatever that term means to you) games. But this one manages to hold a great artistic potential without sacrificing the play value. It is a full game, and it is a full artistic piece. Now one can discuss for long what "artistic" means, and it can be argued that Grand Theft Auto or God of War are artistic pieces, and indeed, they are in their own right (since I believe everything created with intentionality is art). But what I mean here is this game tries, and succeeds to (at least with me) to create genuine emotion, in the same way a book can.
It is a very short game, and it is a bit confusing the first few minutes. Don't give up!


..né.a Beyrouth & Zeid wa Leila

Zeid wa Leila is going to be screened at the ..né.a Beyrouth festival, on Friday the 21th, around 21:30

Also, will be screened the short animations of our dear friends:

  • Hybride, by Marylin Farah, on Friday also, at 18:30;
  • Günz, by Amandine Brenas, Saturday 22, at 20:00.

Enjoy Lebanese Animation!


There She Is!

Finally the last episode of There She Is! is out. Not my favorite, but it still one of the best animations of its kind. I am a fan. Go watch it, talk about it, spread the word, these guys deserve recognition!

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