27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Great Smoke

The Great Smoke

director: Roxlee
original title: The Great Smoke
country: Philippines
year: 1984
running time: 7 min.


This animated satire on nuclear war is Roxlee's first standalone film. Serving as a raw grotesque and filmed in a garage, the film combines stop-motion animation and wash drawings with a collage of photos featuring people who survived the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear attacks. Roxlee, in turn, shows the devastating effects of radiation poisoning, which leads to madness, aggression, and even bestiality.


Filipino painter and animator Roxlee (* 1950), born Roque Federizon Lee, has worked in the film industry since 1983. He represents one of the most prominent figures of the Filipino film underground and became a pioneer of film animation. He combines classic animation and found footage with live-action sequences and also explores environmental themes and human rights issues.

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director: Roxlee
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
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