A selection of animated works in our collection from Jazvinder Phull, Ayoka Chenzira and Nina Sabnani.

The Arranged Marriage- Jazvinder Phull, UK, 1986, 5mins

Jazvinder Phull’s beautiful animated short looks at conveying feelings of women who find themselves in an arranged marriage.

‘The film takes the form of a recurring dream which I had as a child. A figure moves along an endless jett across an endless troubled sea. The atmosphere of the film is one of both melancholy and inevitability.

(Jazvinder Phull)

 Hairpiece: A Film For Nappy Headed People- Ayoka Chenzira- USA, 1992, 10mins

Ayoka’s Chenzira’s animated satire looks at black hair care throughout the ages, exploring viewpoints around what is seen as ‘good’ hair.
It looks at wigs, perms, hot combs, and ways of making hair that ‘moves and blows helplessly in the wind.’
The use of collage, photographs, drawings and music throughout, explores the significance of black hairstyles and self image through various haircare.

Ayoka Chenzira is a filmmaker, producer and animator, More information on their current work and practice can be found here

Shubh – Vivah – Nina Sabnani, 1984, India, 5mins.

Drawn in a traditional Madhubani style, Nina Sabnani’s animated short, examines the attitudes towards women that prevail from birth and emphasises , the vital role education and economic independence play in gaining freedom for women.

Nina Sabnani is an artist and storyteller who uses film, illustration and writing to tell her stories. More information on their current work and practice can be found here