How can you know where you’re going until you know where you come from?
Since the dawn of humanity, people have protested against erasure and oppression. They have gathered energy from protectors of time, fate, and destiny. In ancient Greece, they were called the Aion, in Mexico, Calputin, and in Korea, Samgong. But where have these mythic figures derived their power from? We call it the Braid of Time—a secret realm that contains the dreams, hopes, fears, and ultimately, the collective song of people who have strived for their rights across the ages. Many have attempted to steal these powers, and they continue to today—we call them the Silencers. Now, it’s up to Anouschka, a young, fiercely smart, tech-savvy Afro Latinx woman, to change that forever. The project is inspired by the history and diversity of Amsterdam’s Bijlmermeer neighborhood.
ANOUSCHKA is an animated mixed reality (XR) experience inspired by the Black Girl Magic ethos and all Black girls around the world. In this interactive story, we follow a Black teenager from Amsterdam’s Bijlmermeer (Bijlmer) neighborhood, as she embarks on a magical journey of self-discovery through time and space. She must travel back in time and connect with generations of women that preceded her in order to save her grandmother and twin brother from a multi-generational family curse. She discovers her family’s ancestry and magical powers along the way and reconnects with her roots while also learning more about her present.
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ANOUSCHKA allows audiences to play a role in Anouschka’s journey through our new, interactive story-room platform: Bemmbé Immersive™.
Directed, Produced, & Written by Tamara Shogaolu
Elinor T. Vanderburg – Writer
Sandy Bosmans – Writer
Vanessa Perez- Producer
Riyad Alnwili- Producer
Marcela Stolzmann- Producer
Jamari Perry – Line Producer
Lucas Amaral – Assistant Producer