“Roots” is a short animated movie about teenagers born in the independent Lithuania. The film talks about buildings and hair, revealing the complex nature of growing up in a post-Soviet country. The film takes a look at teenagers that explore their emotional connection with the environment and their appearance, merging animation and interviews with the kids who are living in the brutalist Soviet-built areas.
The film is hand painted frame by frame, using ink on paper and enhanced with photo and video collages.
Jonas Juškaitis is a Lithuanian audio-visual artist who also works in the film industry. He graduated from the Film Practice BA course at the University of Arts, London in 2018 and is living in Lithuania ever since. His personal field of work includes experimental analogue photography as well as experimental and narrative animation. The film “Roots” (“Šaknys”) is his debut animation short film.
Roots / Šaknys (2020, short animation)