Title of Paper

Cultural Rivers: The use of ‘Static Animation’ and ‘Axiom Documentary’ film making processes to identify issues relating to children who are first generational immigrants in the UK



This illustrated paper will discuss the effectiveness of a methodology developed from combining two processes; ‘Static Animation’ (Hani 2014) and ‘Axiom Documentary’ (Drainville 2014) to identify particular problems, specifically in regard to children who are first generational immigrants in the UK. It will show the evolution of the Good Hearts Model (2011) in developing its use in a new context and the use of Apps as an extended process in the GHM.


In 2013, 1,048,310 children, whose first language was other than English, attended school in the UK and of those over 34,000 are attending schools in the East Midlands. In ten years this has nearly doubled (NALDIC 2014). There are many reasons as to why this is so and migration is one such reason.  People migrate for a variety of reasons; environmental, social, economic, political. Prevailing literature identifies that relatively little attention has been paid to the problems experienced by first generation migrant youth (Moskal 2014). ‘Static Animation’ and ‘Axiom Documentary’ production processes and techniques have been used as a diagnostic tool to ‘pay attention’ to such an area. The paper will discuss these processes, themes of a spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) nature (first included in the Education Reform Act 1988 then stated in the Education Act 2002). It will highlight the current emotional and physical positioning of the children and allow their journey from past to present to be explored whilst contributing to and supporting the SMSC curriculum. 



Animation, Transgender, Gender Dysphoria, Gender Identity Disorder, Film, Education



Melanie Hani founded Heart™ Healing Education Animation Research Therapy and is a member of the Animation Academy. Her research examines the effectiveness of the Animation process as a therapeutic, remedial and educational device for service users from statutory (health, education, social care, probationary services) and voluntary sector organisations. Melanie's work has been celebrated by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark those have made a significant contribution to local or national life. She has won the NHS innovation award, being commended by the Duke of Gloucester for her work using animation with the bereaved and also been commended by Baroness Morris of Yardley for using animation to help children who are excluded from mainstream education. She has been awarded a community fellowship. In 2009 Melanie was included as a distinguished scholar in the Marquis Whos who in the world, recognising the global impact of her work. Most recently Melanie has been working with children who are first generation immigrants.  In 2015 HEART was awarded EPG funding and awarded the Enterprise Award for Social and Cultural Impact.




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