Pamela Chavez's Magical Animation Tells Her Migration Story
Pamela Chavez draws on memories of her own family's migration from Costa Rica to the U.S. in her animated short 'Caracol Cruzando'.
- We have our own agency to describe
our own lives and our own narratives
in a way that I think is even more powerful
than having to convince people that our stories have value.
- Making this film, there is a way to find grounding
in finding lessons in the adversity I've lived through.
The way that the family in "Caracol Cruzando" crosses
is very similar to my own.
This is a story about a little girl
who is immigrating from Costa Rica to the United States,
and she has to decide if she's gonna bring
her best friend, her pet turtle, with her.
- It was a huge healing curve for me.
I had to deal with my past, the source of a lot of anxiety.
But how do I move on from that?
Let's take this pain and turn it into something beautiful.
The decision to write this story
was to sort of highlight the immigration narrative
through the lens of a little kid.
- When is a serious moment?
Think about that, and then say your line.
Creating these characters,
I feel like I sort of live in that world in my head
where I'm just making characters in that way.
It's been a really awesome
sort of discovery in creating animation.
I was very comfortable with being the illustrator.
I was eventually comfortable with being the writer.
And then, the directing part was hard for me.
You know, like you're about to embark
on this really tough thing,
so yeah, you're having like a moment, basically.
I hadn't done anything of this magnitude before.
That evolution has been sort of
the biggest with the biggest reward.
It's important to have representation
of women of color, filmmakers and artists,
because we're underrepresented,
and for me, it was really important and integral
to have that as a part of who was creating this film.
I'm proud of it, you know, and I'm proud that you're my mom.
The biggest theme for me is
how do we not forget a part of ourselves?
How do we take the things that we learned
that were a part of that part in our lives
and transfer them into our lives today?
Remembering where I'm from,
where my ancestors are from,
it's important to ground me.
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