Paternal Rites. 2018. USA. Directed by Jules Rosskam. 82 min.
This first-person essay film examines the aftereffects of physical and sexual abuse in a contemporary Jewish American family, with the filmmaker’s queer and transgender identity at its core. As filmmaker Rosskam and his partner, Alex, retrace a 1974 road trip taken by Rosskam’s parents, photographs, audio recordings, home movies, live action, and colorful animation are combined, collage-like, to evoke the psychoanalytic journey of memory retrieval and trauma recovery—as film and filmmaking become part of the healing process.
The Talk: True Stories about the Birds & the Bees. 2016. Canada. Directed by Alain Delannoy. 9 min.
Using a crafted blend of animation techniques, Delannoy depicts the universally awkward experiences of parents explaining sex to their children.