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Animation made with Arena attack survivors explores trauma recovery journey

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A short animated film giving window into those experiencing traumatic experiences has been created to show the impact of trauma and the recovery journey which people go through.

The film, Journey of Recovery, features the stories of 16 young people, aged 16-21, who survived the Manchester Arena attack with animated images to illustrate their words

The film has been commissioned by the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, with the advice and support of the Manchester Resilience Hub.

Edith Conn, Chair of Trustees for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, said:

This is a remarkable piece of work which we hope will be an important legacy of the Emergency Fund and something which will really help other people to understand and support young people going through trauma.

We’d like to thank the brave young people who came forward to take part in this film and thank them for sharing their stories.

Their powerful testimonies open a window into a difficult time and shed important light on what is like to go through such trauma – from the everyday challenges facing someone whose world has been turned upside down to the little things which can make a big difference.

– Edith Conn, We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

Created and produced by Doodledo Motion, James Torry, Creative Director, said:

These are very brave young people who shared their stories and it was a privilege to be involved.

From the outset we wanted this to be led by them. What you hear in nine minutes comes from over six hours of conversation with 16 people whose stories are so rich, honest and compelling we could have centred the story around any one of them.

Our hope is that these stories will help us all better support those recovering from trauma

– James Torry, Creative Director of Doodledo Motion

The film can be watched at here.