Lisbon-based animation studio Wearecaptive partnered with Leo Burnett Iberia and Italian illustrator Emiliano Ponzi to create Dhondup’s Story, an animated short for Amnesty International’s recently launched Voices for Freedom campaign that confronts the silencing of civil activists around the world. Influenced by Buddhist and Tibetan proverbs—using animals central to the religion and lifestyle in Tibet and the crane which is a national symbol of China—the animation tells the story of Dhondup Wangchen, a Tibetan filmmaker who was imprisoned in 2008 after the making of his film, Leaving Fear Behind that documented how modern-day Tibetans feel about human rights in Tibet, as well as the then impending Beijing Olympic Games. After being tortured and held without charge for more than a year by Chinese authorities, Dhondup was sentenced to six years imprisonment for inciting separatism.

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