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Following an exchange of text messages with her mother about her newly adopted dog Abby, a young woman sees her experience as a transracial adoptee reflected in this adoption.

  • Fanny Lord-Bourcier
  • 童宙 Tong Zhou Lafrance
    Key Cast
  • Guylaine Dionne
    Key Cast
  • Lily Otter-Koller
    Key Cast
  • An-Laurence 安媛
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Animation, Stop-Motion, Children, Human Rights
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    150 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, French
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Concordia University
Director Biography - Fanny Lord-Bourcier

Fanny Lord-Bourcier is a multidisciplinary artist and animator. Curious and keen, she is continuously willing to adopt and be adopted by new places, disciplines, mediums, and people. Fanny uses her medium of choice, animation — the art of movement — to bring to life nuanced perspectives and interpretations of reality. Simultaneously playful and reflective, her work attempts to find answers to the modern world's ambiguity and ambivalence.

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Director Statement

Abby is an animated short film exploring the themes of transracial and transnational adoption. Abby reflects on important challenges of transracial adoption: integration, trauma, and ambiguous loss. Without drawing conclusion or judgement, it portrays feelings of loneliness and cultural inadequacy.

Abby is closely inspired by my own experience as a transracial adoptee born in China, growing up as a visible minority in a primarily-white town in Canada.