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Anouschka
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Anouschka

Tamara Shogaolu
Netherlands, United States, Switzerland
2023
30 min
World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling , IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

How can you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you came from? In this animated mixed reality game, it makes no difference where you actually are, because your smartphone screen takes you into the Amsterdam district of Bijlmermeer—experienced through Anouschka, a Black teenager. Following a racist incident at school, she delves into her family history, which turns out to be closely bound up with this local area, one of the most diverse in the Netherlands.

You help Anouschka by playing all sorts of mini-games along her way, ranging from collecting the ingredients for dishes cooked by her grandmother Afiba, to a memory challenge based on batik patterns. In between the games, animations and archive footage provide more context, with a sharp focus on the ways immigrants have been championing the preservation of their respective cultures for generations. Anouschka plays the violin, but to find her own song she first needs to rediscover the music of her ancestors.

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Credits
30 min
color / black and white
Digital file
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Tamara Shogaolu
    Tamara Shogaolu
Production
    Tamara Shogaolu for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Riyad Alnwili for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Daisy Corbin O'Grady for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Lucas Castelo for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Ada Stecca for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Nina Smythe for Ado Ato Pictures
    Tamara Shogaolu for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Riyad Alnwili for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Daisy Corbin O'Grady for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Lucas Castelo for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Ada Stecca for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Nina Smythe for Ado Ato Pictures
Co-production
    Gilles Jobin for Cie Gilles Jobin
    Gilles Jobin for Cie Gilles Jobin
Key collaborator
    Daniëlle Santos Gomes,
    Elodie Chousmer-Howelles,
    Joyce Ekomo,
    Riyad Alnwili for Ado Ato Pictures
    Daniëlle Santos Gomes,
    Elodie Chousmer-Howelles,
    Joyce Ekomo,
    Riyad Alnwili for Ado Ato Pictures
Executive producer
    Gilles Jobin,
    Tamara Shogaolu for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Clément Bauer for Resonate Entertainment,
    Susan Cartsonis for Resonate Entertainment,
    Brent Emery for Resonate Entertainment,
    Suzanne Farwell for Resonate Entertainment
    Gilles Jobin,
    Tamara Shogaolu for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Clément Bauer for Resonate Entertainment,
    Susan Cartsonis for Resonate Entertainment,
    Brent Emery for Resonate Entertainment,
    Suzanne Farwell for Resonate Entertainment
Cinematography
    Tamara Shogaolu
    Tamara Shogaolu
Animation
    Argo Blue,
    Arthur Dullius,
    German Jorge,
    Jeffri Hasan,
    Serguei Stepanyan
    Argo Blue,
    Arthur Dullius,
    German Jorge,
    Jeffri Hasan,
    Serguei Stepanyan
Designer
    Touba Shahzad,
    Tamara Shogaolu for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Riyad Alnwili for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Lucas Castelo for Ado Ato Pictures
    Touba Shahzad,
    Tamara Shogaolu for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Riyad Alnwili for Ado Ato Pictures,
    Lucas Castelo for Ado Ato Pictures
Developer
    alpha_rats,
    Yurii Kis,
    Naveen Gouni,
    Violet Forest,
    Bunny Breaker
    alpha_rats,
    Yurii Kis,
    Naveen Gouni,
    Violet Forest,
    Bunny Breaker
Technical artist
    Chellysia Christen,
    Oleg Yevglevskyy,
    Raj Chavada
    Chellysia Christen,
    Oleg Yevglevskyy,
    Raj Chavada
Sound
    Selle Sellink,
    Elliot Richardson
    Selle Sellink,
    Elliot Richardson
Sound Design
    Selle Sellink
    Selle Sellink
Music
    Luigi Jansen,
    Selle Sellink
    Luigi Jansen,
    Selle Sellink
Screenplay
    Tamara Shogaolu,
    Elinor Vanderburg,
    Sandy Bosmans
    Tamara Shogaolu,
    Elinor Vanderburg,
    Sandy Bosmans
Screening copy
    Lucas Castelo for Ado Ato Pictures
    Lucas Castelo for Ado Ato Pictures

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Anouschka

Anouschka

DocLab
Tamara Shogaolu
2023
30 min