The Whole Journey

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I am a year 12 student at Cashmere High School. I have always enjoyed drawing & love how creative media can help us experience life in new & unexpected ways.

Growing up in Afghanistan, I had the privilege of experiencing different cultures & hearing stories from all around the world. Returning to NZ, I have continued to grow & develop & love to express my unique experiences & ideas through my art & animation.

Over the past few years, I have developed both my interest in traditional drawing & painting techniques, digital art & design. I began with stop motion animation & then progressed to traditional 2D & digital 2D/3D animation techniques. I appreciate a combination of frame by frame & rigged animation.

I have helped start & run an animation club at school (covering the 12 principles of animation). This year, I have especially focused on enthusing others to animate, by creating a set of grease pencil tutorials and demonstration videos, as well as working on my own projects.

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The Whole Journey
Maryam's home
Maryam's home
Bazaar
Bazaar
The Whole Journey
The Whole Journey
Maryam's new family
Maryam's new family
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Overview

I wanted to use my animation skills to raise awareness of organisations, such as Hagar International, that assist people who have survived human trafficking, slavery or abuse. Having grown up in Afghanistan, I realise it’s often not possible for people to tell their own stories publicly, due to the stigma that unfortunately exists even for survivors. I approached Hagar and they were keen for me to animate a story. I wrote the screenplay in the first person as I hoped to tell the story of an Afghan girl. This story captures the struggles and dark times of her life, but also the transformation from that to a much stronger place where she could discover her self-worth and where she could be a positive influence on her country and beyond. This story of “Maryam” hopefully demonstrates Hagar’s amazing work and the phenomenal resilience of women and children who have suffered enormously.

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