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Animation Film Toolkits

Animation ToolkitsWith the realization that the issue of child sexual abuse is not something that people could easily talk about, Stairway has found out that using creative means helps them connect more with the issue. The decision to use animation considered the fact that children are Stairway’s primary targets. Animations are colorful and non-threatening so their attention is easily caught. Even adults, however, find the animations engaging. Used in trainings and capacity-building activities, the animations provide a concrete and realistic picture of a child sexually abused by her father (Daughter) and another child abused by a pedophile (A Good Boy).

The animations, when distributed or sold to partners, come with their own toolkits so that even those who have not attended Stairway’s trainings would know how to discuss and process the films with the children. Included as well is a section on Handling Disclosures, to prepare for the possibility that a child in the audience would find the courage to break her silence about the abuse.

The value of the animations in the drive against child sexual abuse has been recognized internationally. Both the Daughter and A Good Boy toolkits have won international awards. These have also been widely distributed and translated in several languages, including Spanish, French, Khmer, and Thai. It is also in both Filipino and Cebuano.


Daughter

How many times does a child have to tell an adult about being sexually abused before he or she is believed? Daughter is a heartfelt story about a young girl who is left with the responsibility of taking care of her father and her siblings while her mother works overseas. The role becomes distorted when her father starts to have an incestuous relationship with her. She attempts to tell various adults about the abuse, but no one believes her.

Written by Monica D. Ray
Directed by Monica D. Ray, Paw Ravn and Oscar Perez
Storyboard by Paw Ravn
Animation by Philippine Animation Studios
Translations: English, Filipino, Cebuano, Spanish, Khmer, Thai and French
Running Time: 12 mins.


A Good Boy

A Good Boy is a powerful depiction of the crime of pedophilia. It is a tale about how a young street kid named Jason is entrapped by Bob, a pedophile.  Bob befriends Jason and his family with money and gifts.  He gains their trust and invites Jason on a little “business trip” where he abuses him. Out of deep obligation to provide for his family, Jason keeps the abuse a secret until one day, Raffy, a street educator, helps him.

Written and directed by Monica D. Ray
Produced by Stairway Foundation
Animation by Dog n' Bon
Post Production by Wild Fire and Katrina Nyholm
Translations by International School Manila and Euro-Campus
Languages:  English, Filipino, Cebuano, Spanish, Khmer, Thai, and French
Running time:  18 mins.

Red Leaves Falling

Red Leaves Falling is Stairway's latest animation film.  It is a story of child sex trafficking and online pornography.  Under the stress of poverty and a dying child, a mother agrees to send her daughters off to work in the city as house help--but the girls end up as sex slaves in a brothel.

Written and directed by Monica D. Ray
Produced by Stairway Foundation
Animation by Neko Animation Studio Manila
Post Production by Wild Fire and Hit Sound Studio
Languages: American Sign Language (ALS), Cebuano, English, Filipino, Filipino Sign Language (FLS), Khmer, Nepalese,Thai, and Sinhalese.
Running time: 23 mins

 
The three animations were adapted from short stories found in the collection called Black Angels, Street Children Realities by Monica D. Ray.  Used extensively in Stairway’s Personal Safety workshops, the films have proven an innovative and invaluable tool for children and young people to open up and to discuss the issue of sexual abuse. As young people watch and listen, discuss and tell their stories, they learn to connect to themselves, to each other, and to the world of ideas, to cultivate the imagination, to heighten social awareness by exploring the conflicts depicted with simplicity and wisdom.

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