Emiliano Ponzi created the illustrations featured in this beautiful and moving animated short
directed by Olivier Durant and Bruna Guerreiro of Captive studio as part of Leo Burnett's communication
for the Amnesty campaign "Voices for Freedom" addressing the silencing of civil activists worldwide.
The animation was inspired by the story of Dhondup Wangchen, who was jailed in 2008
for having made the documentary Leaving fear behind, which gives voice to the feelings of Tibetans
regarding Chinese rule over their land. Following his imprisonment, a massive wave of riots and unrest
spread through Tibet, resulting in the disappearance of over 1000 monks unaccounted for to this day.
The animation's script was inspired by Buddhist and Tibetan proverbs, and involves many
symbolic animals which are central to Tibetan life and religion, such as the yak, tiger
and antelope, while the crane is a national symbol in China.
You may sign this petition asking Chinese President Hu Jintao for the release of Dhondup Wangchen!