Neo-Archetypes & Hyper-Unrealism

This Ain't Disneyland, small deer on top of a Mickey Mouse hat.

This Ain’t Disneyland

This Ain’t Disneyland – It’s a whole new world and no one cares.

a film by Faiyaz Jafri
Written, directed, animated, edited & composed by Faiyaz Jafri
Nobody Cares written and performed by Vega Spring Jafri & Sky Jafri
Commissioned by Denver Digerati / The Denver Theatre District, 2015
August 2015, Running time: 6:25
Produced by Hyper-Unrealism / All rights reserved © 2015 by Faiyaz Jafri / Hyper-Unrealism

Synopsis

A surreal personal account of the New York September 11 attacks, by juxtaposing the destruction of the Twin Towers and Disney neo-archetypes.

Director’s Statement

The September 11 attacks on the WTC happened in my backyard. For somebody living in the West, growing up in the Netherlands, with all the privileges of my generation, this was the closest I had ever been to a war. It had quite an impact on me and I didn’t deal with it well, which is something I am embarrassed about.

Disney is the wholesome entertainment I grew up with, but it also represents the mediocrity of pleasing everyone while not offending anyone. Disney embodied the idea of the America we all loved and it is the distorted version of that idea that eventually lead to the September 11 attacks.

This film is not about the big conspiracies, terrorism, fundamentalism, hate or love. This film is about how close, good and bad, wrong and right, innocence and perversion can be. This is my film about my twin towers and how I miss them.

The title “This Ain’t Disneyland” is based on what a policeman says to Jules and Gedeon Naudet while they were filming their documentary 9/11.

The intro and outro song were inspired by lyrics my son sings as a mockery to the Disney anthem.

Screenings, Official Selections & Awards

• Denver Digerati – Friday Flash #11, Denver, USA (Sept 25, 2015)
• Queens World Film Festival, Queens, USA (March 18, 2016) – Nominated for Best Animation
• Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece (April 11, 2016)
• Cannes Short Film Corner, Cannes, France (May 2016)
• Chilemonos, Santiago, Chile (May 2016)
• Vienna Independent Shorts, Austria (May 30, 2016)
• 12th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, New York City, USA (June 8 – 11, 2016) – Honorable Mention
• The Lower East Side Film Festival, New York City, USA (June 15, 2016)
• Fantasia, Montreal, Canada (Aug 2016)
• 3rd IndieEarth Animation Film Festival, Chennai, India (Aug 20 – 21, 2016)
• Shorts Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico (Sept 1 – 8, 2016)
• Verona International Film Festival, Verona, Italy (Sept 2016)
• Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media-Art Festival, Kiev, Ukraine (Sept 1 – 2, 2016)
• Animaldiçoados, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Sept 1 – 11, 2016)
• Animaldiçoados, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Sept 17 – 18, 2016)
• Girona Film Festival, Girona, Spain (Sept 28 – Oct 1, 2016)
• New York Film Week, New York, USA (Oct 3 – 9, 2016)
• Boston Short Film Festival, Boston, USA (Oct 10 -13, 2016)
• Dracula Film Festival, Brasov, Romania (Oct 12 – 16, 2016)
• Banjaluka International Animated Festival, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Oct 23 – 28, 2016)
• Locomoción Experimental Animation Festival, Mexico City, Mexico (Oct 28 – 30, 2016)
• DOK Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (Oct 31 – Nov 6, 2016)
• St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, USA (Nov 3 – 13, 2016)
• Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, USA (Nov 9 – 13, 2016)
• Animated Dreams, Tallinn, Estonia (Nov 16 – 20, 2016)
• CutOut Fest, Querétaro, Mexico (Nov 17 – 20,2016)
• VideoBabel, Cusco, Peru (Nov 21 – 25, 2016)
• Pori Film Festival, Pori, Finland (Nov 23 – 27, 2016)
• Fantastic Planet Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, Sydney, Australia (Dec 4, 2016)
• Istanbul International Short Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey (Dec 14 – 21, 2016)
• Short Waves Festival, Poznan, Poland (March 21 – 26, 2017)
• Filmfest Dresden, Dresden, Germany (April 4 -9, 2016)

Location Stills

and, collapse of the first tower of the World Trade Centre in New York September 11 2001 on location in Denver

and, collapse of the first tower of the World Trade Centre in New York September 11 2001 on location in Denver

Stills

This Ain't Disneyland, low angle of the Twin Towers, World Trade Centre

This Ain't Disneyland, white bunny rabbit inside the World Trade Centre

This Ain't Disneyland, collapse of the first tower of the World Trade Centre in New York September 11 2001

This Ain't Disneyland, jumping deer of the World Trade Centre

This Ain't Disneyland, collapse of the first tower of the World Trade Centre in New York September 11 2001, with falling deer

This Ain't Disneyland, collapse of the first tower of the World Trade Centre in New York September 11 2001, with falling deer

This Ain't Disneyland, two boys with Mickey Mouse hats rise up out of the rubble of the collapsed Twin Towers holding a bunny rabbit and deer

This Ain't Disneyland, two boys with Mickey Mouse hats rise up out of the rubble of the collapsed Twin Towers holding a bunny rabbit and deer

This Ain't Disneyland, small deer on top of a Mickey Mouse hat.

This Ain't Disneyland, collapse of the first tower of the World Trade Centre in New York September 11 2001

Sketches

This Ain't Disneyland pencil sketches, collapse of the first tower of the World Trade Centre in New York September 11 2001

This Ain't Disneyland pencil sketches, collapse of the first tower of the World Trade Centre in New York September 11 2001, with falling deer

This Ain't Disneyland pencil sketches, two boys with Mickey Mouse hats rise up out of the rubble of the collapsed Twin Towers holding a bunny rabbit and deer

This Ain't Disneyland pencil sketches, two boys with Mickey Mouse hats rise up out of the rubble of the collapsed Twin Towers holding a bunny rabbit and deer

This Ain't Disneyland pencil sketches, two boys with Mickey Mouse hats rise up out of the rubble of the collapsed Twin Towers holding a bunny rabbit and deer

This Ain't Disneyland sketches, collapse of the first tower of the World Trade Centre in New York September 11 2001

This Ain't Disneyland sketches, collapse of the first tower of the World Trade Centre in New York September 11 2001

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News & Upcoming Events

• Faiyaz Jafri to be one of the jurors at the second edition of Supernova Outdoor Festival of Digital Animation and Art together with Raquel Meyers and Peter Burr. (Sept 22 – 23, 2017)

• Sway has been selected for the international Animation Avantgarde competition at VIS Vienna Shorts 2017 (June 1 – 6, 2017, Vienna, Austria)

• Sway has been selected for the international Animation Avantgarde competition at VIS Vienna Shorts 2017 (June 1 - 6, 2017, Vienna, Austria)

• Mobile Fawn returns to Hong Kong to be part of the K11 Art Mall exhibit ME:MILLENNIALS (March 21 – May 21, 2017)

Mobile Fawn returns to Hong Kong to be part of the K11 Art Mall exhibit ME:MILLENNIALS (March 21 - May 21, 2017)

• Miller Fisher has been selected at the 2017 Athens Animfest (March 16 – 22, 2017)

Miller Fisher has been selected at the 2017 Athens Animfest (March 16 - 22, 2017)

• Miller Fisher has been selected for the International competition for abstract and non-narrative animation of International Festival of Animated Films ANIFILM 2017, Trebon, Czech Republic (May 2 – 7, 2017)

• Miller Fisher has been selected for the International competition for abstract and non-narrative animation of International Festival of Animated Films ANIFILM 2017, Trebon, Czech Republic (May 2 - 7, 2017)

• This Ain’t Disneyland  & Sway screen at FILE, São Paulo, Brazil  (July 17 – Sep 3, 2017)

This Ain't Disneyland & Sway screens at FILE, São Paulo, Brazil (July 17 - Sep 3, 2017)

This Ain't Disneyland & Sway screens at FILE, São Paulo, Brazil (July 17 - Sep 3, 2017)

Miller Fisher premieres at Holland Animation Film Festival (March 22 – 26, 2017)

Miller Fisher premieres at Holland Animation Film Festival (March 22 - 26, 2017)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at Filmfest Dresden  (April 4 – 9, 2017)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at Short Waves Festival (March 21 – 26, 2017)

This Ain't Disneyland screens at Short Waves Festival (March 21 - 26, 2017)

Disconnector screens at the 8th Cairo Video Festival (Feb 5 – 28, 2017)

Disconnector screens at the 8th Cairo Video Festival (Feb 5 - 28, 2017)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at the 28th Istanbul International Short Film Festival (Dec 14 – 21, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland screens at the 28th Istanbul International Short Film Festival (Dec 14 - 21, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland to be shown at Fantastic Planet, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival Shorts Program 6: Amazing Animations (Dec 4, 2:00pm, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland to be shown at Fantastic Planet, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival Shorts Program 6: Amazing Animations (Dec 4, 2:00pm, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland selected to screen at VideoBabel, Cusco, Peru (Nov 21 – 25, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland selected to screen at VideoBabel, Cusco, Peru (Nov 21 - 25, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland to be shown at the 2nd Pori Film Festival, Pori, Finland (Nov 23 – 27, 2016)

• This Ain't Disneyland to be shown at the 2nd Pori Film Festival, Pori, Finland (Nov 23 - 27, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland has been selected to the brand new Shut up! Competition at the 18th edition of the International animation film festival Animated Dreams. The festival is part of the Black Nights Film Festival and will be held in Tallinn, Estonia (Nov 16 – 20, 2016)

 This Ain't Disneyland has been selected to the brand new Shut up! Competition at the 18th edition of the International animation film festival Animated Dreams. The festival is part of the Black Nights Film Festival and will be held in Tallinn, Estonia (Nov 16 - 20, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland selected at DOK Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (Nov 3, 4, 6,  2016)

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• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at the St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, USA (Nov 3 – 13, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland screens at the St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, USA (Nov 3 - 13, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at Locomoción Experimental Animation Festival, Mexico City, Mexico (Oct 28 – 30, 2016)

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• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at Banjaluka International Animated Festival, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Oct 23 – 28, 2016)

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• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at the Dracula Film Festival, Brasov, Romania (Oct 12 – 16, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland screens at the Dracula Film Festival, Brasov, Romania (Oct 12 - 16, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland selected into the New York Film Week, New York, USA (Sep 28, 2016)

• This Ain't Disneyland selected into the New York Film Week, New York, USA (Sep 28, 2016)

• Disconnector screens at the Manhattan Independent Film Festival, New York, USA (Oct 7 – 8, 2016)

Disconnector screens at the Manhattan Independent Film Festival, New York, USA (Oct 7 - 8, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at CutOut Fest, Querétaro, Mexico (Nov 17 – 20, 2016)

• This Ain't Disneyland screens at CutOut Fest, Querétaro, Mexico (Nov 17 - 20, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at the 22nd Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, USA (Nov 9 – 13, 2016)

• This Ain't Disneyland screens at the 22nd Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, USA (Nov 9 - 13, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland and Sway to screen at the Boston Short Film Festival, Boston, USA (Oct 10 – 13, 2016)

• This Ain't Disneyland and Sway to screen at the Boston Short Film Festival, Boston, USA (Oct 10 - 13, 2016)

• This Ain't Disneyland and Sway to screen at the Boston Short Film Festival, Boston, USA (Oct 10 - 13, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland and Sway to screen at Animaldiçoados, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (Sept 1 – 11, 2016) Sao Paulo (Sept 17 – 18, 2016)

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This Ain't Disneyland & Sway screen in Brazil at @animaldicoados Rio de Janeiro (Sept 1-11) Sao Paulo (Sept 17-18) #animation https://www.facebook.com/Animaldicoados/

• Sway wins the NEW VISION AWARD at the Verona International Film Festival 2016.

Sway wins the NEW VISION AWARD at the Verona International Film Festival 2016.

Sway wins the NEW VISION AWARD at the Verona International Film Festival 2016.

• This Ain’t Disneyland and Sway to screen at the Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media-Art Festival, Kiev, Ukraine (Sept 1 – 2, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland and Sway to screen at the Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media-Art Festival, Kiev, Ukraine (Sept 1 – 2, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland has been chosen to be part of the Official Selection of SHORTS MÉXICO – Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de México in the Category Animation Competition (September 1 – 8, Mexico City Mexico)

• This Ain't Disneyland has been chosen to be part of the Official Selection of SHORTS MÉXICO - Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de México in the Category Animation Competition.

• This Ain’t Disneyland  has been selected at the official Experimental section at the Girona Film Festival (September 28 – October 1, Girona, Spain)

The film This Ain't Disneyland has been selected at the official Experimental section at the Girona Film Festival in Spain

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• Sway has been selected as a Semi-Finalist at the 39th Elche International Independent Film Festival (July 2016, Alicante , Spain)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at the 3rd IndieEarth Animation Film Festival (August 20 – 21, Chennai, India)

This Ain’t Disneyland screens at Fantasia Outer Limits of Animation (July 16, Montreal, Canada)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at Fantasia Outer Limits of Animation (July 16, Montreal, Canada)

This Ain’t Disneyland gets an honourable mention at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival (June 2016, New York, USA)

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Disconnector wins a Golden Palm Award at The Mexico International Film Festival 2016 Animation Competition

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• Sway has been selected to screen at the Odense Film Festival #off16 (August 29 – September 4, 2016, Odense, Denmark)

News Sway has been selected to screen at the Odense Film Festival #off16 (August 29 - September 4, 2016, Odense, Denmark)

• This Ain’t Disneyland has been selected to screen at the The Lower East Side Film Festival (June 15, 2016, New York City, USA)

News This Ain't Disneyland has been selected to screen at the The Lower East Side Film Festival (June 15, 2016, New York City, USA)

• This Ain’t Disneyland has been selected to screen at the 12th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival (June 8 – 11, 2016, New York City, USA)

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• Sway has been selected for the Anca in Mordor (non-competitive) section at the 9th International Animation Festival Fest Anca (June 29 – July 3, 2016, Zilina, Slovakia)

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• This Ain’t Disneyland at VIS – Vienna Independent Shorts Filmfestival 2016, selected for the international ANIMATION AVANT-GARDE competition (May 25 – May 31, 2016, Vienna, Austria)

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• This Ain’t Disneyland at the Cannes Short Film Corner (May 16 – May 22, 2016, Cannes, France)

News & Upcoming Events This Ain't Disneyland at the Cannes Short Film Corner 2016