Cartoonists play a critical role in our world of social media, populism and fake news, offering a unique perspective and voice that can help to cut through the noise and provide clarity in a sea of information. In this digital age of post-truth, the cartoon did not lose any of its power for social commentary and activism. On the contrary.
The series DRAW FOR CHANGE! showcases six female cartoonists from around the globe challenging societal boundaries and norms. In each episode, a cartoonist offers viewers a glimpse into her world, exposing not only the hurdles and perils she faces but also the bravery and wit essential for overcoming them. Filming took place in Mexico, Russia, India, Syria, Egypt [and the US], with each country offering distinct challenges, resulting in six episodes centered on themes like femicide, press freedom, and female representation. This series introduces resilient women who draw because it’s unthinkable not to. Despite job loss, intimidation, or death threats, they persist, contributing to incremental changes in their societies. Each film, directed by a distinguished female director linked to the subject’s country, seamlessly blends documentary, cartoons, and animation.
After an idea of showrunners/cowriters Vincent Coen & Guillaume Vandenberghe, DRAW FOR CHANGE!, written and directed by Alaa Amer, Alisar Hasan, Sama Pana, Anna Moiseenko, Karen Vázquez Guadarrama [and Laura Nix], and produced by Clin d’oeil films (Hanne Phlypo), coproduced by A Bahn (Marion Guth & François Gall), Point du Jour/Les films du balibari (Estelle Robin You) and Ma.ja.de (Heino Deckert) is presented as broadcast episodes (52 minutes RT) and some have an additional feature lenght (70 minutes RT).