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Posted Sunday, February 20, 2011 by Alejandro Mena    

Paths of Hate

I have been employed full time by the Dallas Film Society since January 17. We are prepping, planning and producing the 2011 Dallas International Film Festival. The fest will run from March 31-April 10th.

In the office this past Weds., I was showing our Artistic Director, James Faust some of the animation storyboards that have been drawn for CREW 713. He looked at them and then mentioned I had to look at a short animated film which had been submitted to the festival.

( click an image to enlarge ) view the Paths of Hate trailer

The film is called, "Paths of Hate". It's a short 10 minute animated film dealing with a WWII dogfight somewhere over Europe, sometime during the war. It is a battle between a P-51 and an FW-109. It is quite simply, one of the most astonishing works of art I have ever seen. It is nothing short of brilliant. As I was looking at this animated piece, my brain was screaming at me...."this is the look and feel for what I've been searching for".........The physical descriptions of the aircraft, the sound effects, the music all combine to create a haunting, eerie condemnation of war and what it turns human beings into. This is a rivetting film indeed. It was produced and submitted by a Polish animation studio, Platige Image and directed by Damian Nenow.

As I was watching this film unfold, I thought that finally I had discovered a kindred spirit, someone who understood, EXACTLY what I am trying to do with the animation elements for CREW 713.

Go back to my very first blog, I wrote then and I write now, two years later.......CREW 713 is now about glorifying WAR, I hate war. It is about understanding the men who fought this air war and how they managed to survive in an inhuman era of bloodshed and terror. How they maintained their sanity in the midst of chaos and cruel death.

Paths of Hate is not for everyone. It is definitely not for children. Some "patriotic" types might be offended. Paths of Hate is a brilliant work of art that opens the viewer's eye to see the inner demon dwelling within each of us, unreasoning hatred, bigotry, and how that turns normal humans into bloodthirsty animals.

The website is The trailer is streaming there. If the film is released in the United States, I highly recommend you see it.

I will talk to you soon. PS. the film was offically accepted as part of this year's animation block. I'm very glad for the filmmakers.

Alejandro Mena
2 Comments on
Paths of Hate
  1. On Sunday, May 22, 2011
    David Arnett wrote...


    That Paths of Hate animation is downright beautiful! If you can get that style into your project, it would be a major coup.

    Dave Arnett

    • On Sunday, May 22, 2011
      Alejandro Mena wrote...


      I totally agree. It is truly AWESOME!!


  2. On Saturday, May 28, 2011
    Diego Luna wrote...

    WOW. I have to see the whole movie.

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