Navi is a 2D animated documentary about young girls who were forced into sexual slavery during World War II by the Japanese Imperial Army.
These girls, known as 'Comfort Women’, suffered unimaginable atrocities during the many years as sexual slaves to military personnel. For many years, Comfort Women were denied official recognition of their suffering and lived as outcasts. Navi aims to provoke discussion and raise awareness of the pain and suffering endured by thousands of ‘Comfort Women’ and to acknowledge the terrible injustices inflicted on these women, past and present.
After winning Animal Logic’s encouragement award at COFA Annual, in the year 2013,‘Navi’was then selected for Hatched 2013, at PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts), to be screened. Then it was also selected for officlal student competition in SICAF (Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival) and was screened in 2014. Following the festival, in 2015, it was also selected for exhibition at Korean Manhwa Museum during ‘War and Family’ themed exhibition.
By referencing real human movements, this animation preserved traditonal 2D animation aims, whilst only using digital methods to produce. The progressively employed ‘Morphing technique’, one of the strongest merits of using animation as mediums, was used to maximise effective visual communication and to keep viewers entertaining.
Three colours, black, white and red, were carefully chosen for strong visual communication, where black and white represent clear historical facts, and red present the damage caused by the Imperial Japanese Soldiers.