By Will Espero

This short animation from Canada honoring healthcare workers during the covid crisis was directed by Joe Chang. I Am Not an Angel starts on an average day in a bar in China. Soon the normalcy of the moment will cease to exist. The onslaught and progress of the covid-19 disease are on display as various situations and players are included in this frightening journey. The work and trials of doctors and other healthcare professionals are presented as death and her army engage humankind for dominance and glory.

A non-color environment provides the scenery as good battles evil in this film which chronicles and documents a time in history which last occurred about 100 years ago.

Director Joe Chang

Joe Chang is an award-winning Chinese-born Canadian animation director. He studied at Lu-Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, China and Tama Art University Graduate school in Tokyo, Japan. The animated short, Chinese Violin (2000), was his first film produced with the National Film Board of Canada. His most recent work is the animated film I Am Not An Angel (2021).

His films won numerous awards all over the world, A Long-distance Call (2008) and The Music Box (2019) were selected for the Short Film Corner section at the Cannes Film Festival. Pan Tian Shou (2004) was selected at numerous international film festivals. Currently, as an artist, animator and independent filmmaker, Joe lives and works between Vancouver, Canada and Hangzhou and Shanghai, China. 

I made this film as a tribute to the sacrifices health care workers make for us. They are ordinary people, but they are extra-ordinary, too modest to call themselves heroes, not seeing themselves as life-saving angels. Completely altruistic, they put themselves in danger to take to care for us. They are in my eyes – Angels.

Joe Chang

I Am Not An Angel is an Official Selection at the 2022 edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival, and it can be watched from September 29 to October 10 on globalnonviolentfilmfestival.comD!