The Other Side

A Short film by Rojina Farrokhnejad (RJ). Animation, video and sound by RJ.

This project is a visual language in painting and sculpture. ”The other side” is combination of motion pictures, stop motion and images reflecting what each human goes through: their memories, their solitude, metamorphosis. Life and death can be a door opening to a new world and re-creation; a rebirth for a new journey.

The movie starts with three separate dreams. Dream one begins with family memories, solitude, places, loved ones then transforms to the secondary dream separating body and soul to a new dimension; meeting with spiritual beings. This leads to the rebirth of human as the centre of a universe which demonstrates the circle of life.

Eight images of clay animation, beginning with images of the artist with clay on their face, transforming into the coloured clay images from later in the digital story.
Clay animation by RJ for The Other Side

Artist Info

Rojina Joelle Farrokhnejad (RJ)

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Thanks to Lorna Boschman and Sebnem Ozpeta and Dana Oikawa for their mentorship, trust and support. 13 April, 2023


Created during grunt gallery’s 2023 Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen Digital Storytelling workshops, hosted by the Carnegie Centre. grunt gallery was founded in 1984 in Vancouver, BC with the vision to become an internationally renowned artist-run centre and further the practice of contemporary art. Through the exploration of our diverse Canadian cultural identity, we are able to offer public programming in the form of exhibitions, performances, artist talks, publications, and other special projects in the community. Our mandate is to inspire public dialogue by creating an environment conducive to the emergence of innovative, collaborative, and provocative contemporary art.

We gratefully acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

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