Animated documentaries: ACLU Smart Justice

“…and if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, you’ll be disappointed every time. I think Einstein said that” – screenshot and quote from Johnny’s Home.
Watch these three short films about Smart Justice from the ACLU by ACME filmworks: executive producer Ron Diamond (curator/producer of Animation Show of Shows), directed by Elyse Kelly. Each film has a different animation director and animation team, allowing a range of different styles while maintaining a loose cohesion as a series. This country’s justice system has long needed reform, certainly one piece of skewed judgements where the punishments/sentencing do not fit the crime.
2D animation is such a powerful way to give perspective to a documentary; each line carries the weight of its words, and can make a topic that is difficult to watch into something more manageable.

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