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This Ain't Disneyland

A juxtaposition of the collapse of the Twin Towers and Disney.

  • Faiyaz Jafri
    Director
    Disconnector, Cyclone forever, Planet Utero, Baby I Love You, Hello Bambi
  • Faiyaz Jafri
    Writer
    Disconnector, Cyclone forever, Planet Utero, Baby I Love You, Hello Bambi
  • Faiyaz Jafri
    Producer
    Disconnector, Cyclone forever, Planet Utero, Baby I Love You, Hello Bambi
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, War
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Hong Kong
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    CGI
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Denver Digerati – Friday Flash #11
    Denver
    United States
    September 25, 2015
  • Queens World Film Festival
    Queens, NY, USA
    March 18, 2016
    Nominated for Best Animation
  • Chilemonos
    Santiago, Chile
    May 10, 2016
    South America
  • Cannes Short Film Corner
    Cannes, France
    May 11, 2016
    European
  • Vienna Independent Shorts
    Vienna
    Austria
    May 30, 2016
  • 12th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    Honorable Mention
  • The Lower East Side Film Festival
    New York
    United States
  • Fantasia
    Montreal
    Canada
    July 31, 2016
  • SHORTS MEXICO 2016
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    September 1, 2016
  • 3rd IndieEarth Animation Film Festival
    Chennai
    India
    August 20, 2016
  • Girona Film Festival
    Girona
    Spain
    September 28, 2016
  • Verona International Film Festival
    Verona
    Italy
    September 1, 2016
  • Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media-Art Festival
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    September 1, 2016
  • Animaldiçoados
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    September 1, 2016
  • Animaldiçoados
    Sao Paulo
    Brazil
    September 17, 2016
  • Girona Film Festival
    Girona
    Spain
    September 28, 2016
  • New York Film Week
    New York
    United States
    October 3, 2016
  • Boston Short Film Festival
    Boston
    United States
    October 10, 2016
  • DOK Leipzig
    Leipzig
    Germany
    November 4, 2016
  • Cucalorus
    Wilmington
    United States
    November 9, 2016
  • CutOut Fest
    Querétaro
    Mexico
    November 17, 2016
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis
    United States
    November 3, 2016
  • Banjaluka International Animated Festival
    Banja Luka
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    October 25, 2016
  • Locomoción Experimental Animation Festival
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    October 28, 2016
  • Dracula Film Festival
    Brasov
    Romania
    October 12, 2016
  • Animated Dreams
    Tallinn
    Estonia
    November 16, 2016
  • Pori Film Festival
    Pori
    Finland
    November 23, 2016
  • VideoBabel
    Cusco
    Peru
    November 21, 2016
  • Fantastic Planet Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival
    Sidney
    Australia
  • Istanbul International Short Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
  • Short Waves Festival
    Poznań
    Poland
    March 21, 2017
  • Filmfest Dresden
    Dresden
    Germany
    April 4, 2017
    Nominated for the Golden Horseman Sound Design
  • FILE Electronic Language International Festival
    Sao Paulo
    Brazil
    July 17, 2017
  • Athens Animfest
    Athens
    Greece
    April 11, 2017
Director Biography - Faiyaz Jafri

Faiyaz Jafri is an artist and film maker, born and raised in rural Holland of Dutch and Pakistani descent. Jafri’s art explores Jungian archetypes in the modern world. In addition he searches for neo-archetypes* in mass media and global popular culture.

Jafri has always been somewhat of a perfectionist. Realizing that a computer could draw a far straighter line than he ever could, he started to use the computer as his sole medium in the late 80ies and can be seen as one of the pioneers of computer arts.
He began making his first illustrations on a small Apple computer using basic vector imaging software. Cumbersome and limited as these programs may seem now, they where perfect for Jafri’s already pictographic style.
His work evolved from flat line art into a style he calls hyper-unrealism. Innovations in personal computers certainly contributed to this evolution. Despite the vast possibilities offered by modern computers he stays close to his subject, leaving out unnecessary frills and extra’s until he’s left with an image that is unambiguous and almost obscene in it’s blunt power.

His work has an almost clinically engineered feel to it without becoming cold or soulless. It is this contrast between unnatural perfection and the fact that his work conveys a strong emotion that makes his work at times haunting but always strangely human.

Jafri’s films have been selected worldwide in prestigious festivals as well as in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. More on Faiyaz Jafri and his work can be found on his site faiyazjafri.com.

*neo-archetypes are archetypes that don’t take a generation to form, but occur due to accessibility of unlimited data.

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Director 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.