In Argentina, Ian is a young boy who suffers from cerebral palsy. He can only talk with the help of a machine and visits a rehabilitation centre each day.
Close to the rehabilitation centre is a school the pupils of which would tease Ian whenever they saw him. Ian’s mother took the school to hand and was shocked to discover that they had no means of teaching the children about bullying and how it is wrong. So, she wrote a book, that has since been published by Penguin, titled Ian.
This short, written by Gaston Gorali (“City Hunters (TV)”, “The Unbeatables”), directed by Abel Goldfarb (“Cupido (Short)”, “El hecho (Short)”) and produced by Oscar winner Juan José Campanella’s Buenos Aires based animation studio, sees that book, Ian, brought to the screen.
The animation is gorgeous with a light, classical-sounding piano soundtrack the only sounds we hear besides Ian’s grunts and exclamations as he tries his hardest to play with the other children in the playground.
They point and stare, laughing at his attempts, but Ian won’t be deterred and just tries harder to play with the other children, his determination and effort a lesson for anyone believing they “can’t”.
He is continuously forced back but, ever determined, and with a little help from some of his new friends, he makes it. This herculean task overcome, Ian can now play to his hearts content.