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When a Woman Walks Down the Street

Nov 25, 2014 | 586 videos
Video by Celia Bullwinkel

In this touching animation by filmmaker Celia Bullwinkel, a woman walks a lifetime along a neighborhood sidewalk. She ages a little bit in each scene: first a young girl, then a new mother, and finally, an old woman. She encounters street harassment, struggles to accept her body, and ultimately, passes along her learned virtue of self-confidence to the next generation.  "I love old slapstick cartoons, so my approach was to exaggerate the follies of growing older, without having it be mean-spirited," Bullwinkel explained in an interview with One Small Window.

To see more of Bullwinkel's work, visit her site. She is also on Tumblr and Twitter. If you'd like to learn more, she has also shared a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the animation.

Author: Chris Heller

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