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19 Apr 2017 19:00

The shadow over Prague at East Life, Animated

Marek Berger’s variation on superhero comics based on Czech folk tales will be part of Short Animations From The New East programme at Calvert22 Gallery. The shadow over Prague is an animated short based on an urban legend from the era of Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia during the WW II. The phantom avenger with spring-heeled shoes jumps above the streets of Prague and fights the occupants. He has to stop the Nazis from waking up the Golem - a dreadful artificial being from The Old Jewish Town. Czech variation on classic superheroes. Apart from them it wasn’t created by the fantasy of comic writers. This one was created directly from the folk tales.

East Life, Animated – Short Animations From The New East
19 April 2017, 7 pm / Calvert22 Gallery, London

Animation remains associated with a childish innocence, which strips it of the sophistication automatically relegated to film. Yet, throughout the 20th century, animation has been used to communicate and comment on social and political events and on society’s hopes and fears. Thanks to its very association with childhood, animation has often been overlooked by official censorship in dictatorial regimes, which has allowed it to retain a freedom of artistic expression unique to its form.

This freedom from the censor’s eye could be the reason that animation is still going strong in New East countries. Yet, despite critical claim, Oscar nominations, and screenings at international film festivals, animation still lacks wide exposure. East Life, Animated goes one step towards helping New East animation reach a broader audience.

The selected animations come from countries across the New East, from Hungary, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria to Poland, Czech Republic and Serbia. Together, they explore social and political issues of migration, political demonstrations, identity crises, events linked to WWII, and the Yugoslavian past.

TICKETS: £5 + booking fee







Calvert22 Gallery, London, 22 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP


19 Apr 2017 19:00


Calvert22 Gallery

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