Prayers for Peace

Short Film
Written, Directed and Produced by Dustin Grella

Prayers for Peace is a narrative stop-motion animation confronting the memory of the artist’s younger brother killed at war. Four years had passed since his brother was killed by an IED that was detonated beneath his diesel tanker on a convoy to the active combat area of Fallujah. In this animation the writer/animator stops to think about who his brother was, how he identified him and work through issues of guilt for not remembering him as often as he feels that maybe he should. The piece reflects back on the days of the funeral and tries to recall what those days were like for him and his family. An introspective journey, through the heart and soul of a difficult experience, the artist’s conclusion proves very different from his original hypothesis.