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18 March 2021

Manchester’s Flow Creative has partnered with locally based international charity, Syria Relief, to create a powerful animated film to mark the 10-year anniversary of the conflict in Syria.

Manchester’s Flow Creative has partnered with locally based international charity, Syria Relief, to create a powerful animated film to mark the 10-year anniversary of the conflict in Syria.

The charity has launched a fundraising appeal to coincide with the anniversary of the brutal conflict to help the millions of victims of the war.

The award-winning animation specialists were asked to tell the human story of the impact of the war by making a film that would help put the scale of the conflict in perspective, while also helping the charity in its fundraising activities.

Flow’s creative director, Karl Doran, said: “We all really wanted to show the tragedy of how long this situation has been going on, so we created a story around a central character of a 10-year-old child who has lived his whole life in war time. This approach allowed us to tell the story from his perspective to bring to life the human side of the devastating conflict.

“We developed an illustration style and colour palette that would feel accessible and easy to watch while being authentic to the region and sensitive to the seriousness of the subject matter. Combining this look and feel with a moving script, delivered beautifully by a child actor, and bespoke sound design the end result is a moving film and one we’re really proud of.”

Jessica Adams, Marketing and Media manager at Syria Relief, said: “The animation that Flow created far exceeded our expectations. They managed to create a thought-provoking and elegant piece that captured this decade of brutality through the innocent eyes of a child.

Throughout the process, they worked with dignity and respect for the cause and handled the sensitive subject matter with ease. The team communicated with us every step of the way. They ensured authenticity with voiceover selection and imagery to create a polished and compelling final product.”

Doran continued: “Being the father of a 10-year-old boy myself, this project felt quite personal to me. Telling this story from the point of view of a child the same age, who has only known war, made the scale of the tragedy really hit home. We work with lots of amazing charities doing inspiring and really valuable work. It’s great to be able to put our skills to good use and see the work we do make a positive difference in the world.”