Action/Adventure - Completed 2011

While death and violence tears at our humanity, a Sudanese child refugee finds courage to defend his family.

& Awards

AACTA - Australian Academy 2012
Nominated - Best short film script
California International Short Film Festival 2012
Winner - Best foreign film
South Australian Screen awards 2012
Winner - Best sound design
South Australian Screen awards 2012
Nominated - Best Drama, Best Director, Best Screen play
Saint Kilda film Festival 2012
Winner - Best Cinematography, Nominated Best Director
Shorts Film Festival - Top 20 best shorts in Australia 2012
Winner - Merit award
UK's Super Shorts International Film Festival 2012
Best Director
The Best Shorts Competition 2012
winner - Merit award
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Action/Adventure, Drama, Social issues
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 15 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Storm ASHWOOD
    • Writer(s)
    • Storm ASHWOOD
    • Producer(s)
    • Storm ASHWOOD, David NGO (Projector Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Paper Planes tells the story of Alier, a 10year old Sudanese boy’s journey, from an innocent child to a courageous heroic young man.

      Through the eyes and drawings of Alier, we journey with his Sudanese family from their burning city on a treacherous road to a UN border. Following his family with thousands of other refugees, Alier is witness to the horrors of mankind. Violence, death, hunger and fear surround him and his humble family.
      Alier expresses his thoughts through his charcoal pencil drawings. They turn to animation showing us a part of his journey before placing us into his live action world.

      During his journey, Alier watches an Australian UN Soldier struggling to find purpose. The Soldier must endure the forsaken responsibility of keeping the people together. Every morning the Soldier spends hours burying those that do not survive the night.

      Eventually, Alier’s wise father collapses from a wound. Alier struggles with his own feelings of helplessness. Here, the Soldier offers the one thing Alier thought had been lost on that relentless road to salvation… The strength of HOPE. His father dies and his mother wants to give up. Angry, Alier begins to believe his life will be meaningless.

      The Soldier offers him courage and Alier finds the strength to help his family.
      Finally they reach the border and the UN guards offer a strict form of safety. In the turmoil of finding new hope, Alier risks his own life to protect that, which is closest to him, his family.
      Here, as a boy becomes a man. Witnessing such strength, the Soldier learns that true strength comes from courage of the heart … the heart of a child.