Granny Palimpseste, an old ceramist and storyteller, is always asked by Iba and Emeka, two feisty young brothers, to resolve their daily conflicts. Instead of giving them a simple answer, Palimpseste prefers to find the perfect analogy between the children's concerns and an African historical figure's life. Thus beginning their travel into the past of those great men and women who made Africa.
About the show
L'Arbre à Palimpseste ("The Tree of Palimpsest") is a 13x6 min animated tv show, that introduce the greatest African figures of the past.
Switching between the present and the past, each episode presents a historical character, narrating the main events of their life and their most famous fights.
These heroic characters aren't limited to one region of Africa : they come from the whole continent. We want to talk about a shared history, about those who made and transformed Africa. Frontiers move, people migrate, kingdoms rise and fall : we wish to tell the story of Africa, without any kind of limits.
Work in progress
L'Arbre à Palimpseste is a long term project. In 2016, we already produced a first pilot in Paris, with our own funds. This pilot was selected for the finale of the Festival international du film d'animation d'Annecy - MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde TOP 6 of DISCOP !
This competition was the platform to meet new partners, including Basement Animation, a Nigerian studio which offered us its partnership.
Our goal now is to win the finale in October, and therefore to be present for the Annecy's MIFA 2018. With all these in play, we have to keep improving on our pilot, but we are limited in fund raising. That’s why we need your help.
Why this show ?
From inception, African legends are told orally, from one generation to the next. This oral tradition saved a several–thousand-year-old heritage, thus building a history that take place at the frontier of myth and reality.
But today, this transmission is fading away. This is the memory of a whole continent that slowly disappears. That's why we wish to contribute to this culture's transmission, to share the history and values that raised countless generations.
A palimpsest is a parchment whose content was erased so that we could use it again to write something else. That's why we thought L'Arbre à Palimpseste as an analogy between written literature and oral tradition.
Who are we ?