The Hoopoe And The Owls

The Hoopoe and the Owls is an adaptation of an old Iranian story about a hoopoe who goes along with what a group of owls say in order to survive.

  • Manisa Hope
    Director
  • Manisa Hope
    Writer
  • Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
    Producer
  • Patrick Bengio
    Music
  • Mazyar Shahcheraghi
    Narration
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 11, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Concordia University
  • Les Sommets du cinéma d'animation - Festival international de Montréal
    Montreal
    Canada
    November 22, 2017
    Recipient of the Special price NAD school
  • Interdimensional Horror & Sci-Fi Festival: Sacalacalaca
    Mexico
    Mexico
    November 2, 2017
  • ANIMAGE - VIII International Animation Festival of Pernambuco
    Recife
    Brazil
    November 24, 2017
  • Craft International Animation Festival
    Yogyakarta, Java
    Indonesia
    October 24, 2017
  • Fantasia International Film Festival
    Montreal
    Canada
    July 13, 2017
  • Concordia Film Festival
    Montreal
    Canada
    May 5, 2017
    Canadian
    Recipient of the Best Graduate Animated Film
  • Feminist Border Arts Film Festival
    New Mexico State University
    United States
    April 16, 2018
  • Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF)
    Melbourne
    Australia
    June 13, 2018
  • AniFilm, International Festival of Animated Films
    Trebon
    Czech Republic
    May 16, 2018
  • FIAfest, International Audiovisual Festival
    Universidad de La Sabana
    Colombia
  • VAV Gallery, Concordia University
    Montreal
    Canada
    Recipient of the CUAA Fine Arts Prize at the Graduating Student Arts Exhibition
  • Animation : Illustration Festival
    Georgia
    United States
    April 18, 2018
  • A-FestFilmROZAFA
    TIRANA
    Albania
    May 21, 2018
  • Edmonton International Film Festival
    Edmonton
    Canada
  • Anim’est – international animation film festival
    Bucharest
    Romania
  • Big Shoulders International Student Film Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    February 2, 2019
    Recipient of the Best Animated Film
  • 29th Istanbul International Short Film Festival
    IZMIR
    Turkey
  • fliQs, queer film screening
    Montreal
    Canada
    September 11, 2018
Director Biography - Manisa Hope

Manisa Hope (Narges Haghighat) is a Canadian-Iranian animation filmmaker who graduated from the Film Animation program, at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University in 2017. Later on, she was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts in Film Production program at the same school which she completed in 2023.
She holds a prior bachelor’s degree in computer software programming, and has two decades of experience in acrylic and oil painting techniques, as well as intricate colour pencil drawings.

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Director Statement

Growing up, I saw lots of people killed just for speaking about reality and expressing their opinions. Many parents and young people decided to stay silent and not speak out against the harsh government regime because they didn't want to bring harm to themselves or to their families or friends. I grew up in a place where being yourself is very difficult and most of the time you have to pretend to fit in with society even if it does not make sense. I felt an unbearable pain and uncomfortable in my own skin when I had to present myself in a certain way to prevent misunderstandings and avoid problems in my conservative community.
This painful experience inspired me to make this short animated film that speaks, not only for me, but for many young people around the world who live under society's pressure, and would like to share their experiences, stories, emotions, lifestyles, beliefs, and feelings with others.
I decided to use the paint on paper technique frame by frame because colour moves something deep inside me. Although life in a country like Iran is often filled with dark moments, the people have infinite hope inside themselves. Colour can illustrate and serve as a metaphor for this hope.