Feral is a 13-minute fictional animated film that draws on historical accounts of abandoned children, how they might have survived in the wild and how they were re-assimilated into society when they were found. The film tells the story of a wild boy found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest. The structure of Daniel Sousa’s film is associative, abstract and poetic; the animation includes 2-D graphically animated characters and hand-painted frames. Much of Sousa’s work is inspired by his and others’ childhood experiences and memories.
Daniel Sousa was born in Cape Verde and raised in Portugal. He is a founding member of Handcranked Film Projects, a group of New England filmmakers actively engaged in the production of independent experimental films. His 2005 film Fable has been widely exhibited in festivals around the world, including Sundance, Annecy and Hiroshima. His previous films include Minotaur and Carnal Ground. Daniel has been invited to speak about his work at the Massachusetts College of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and at Harvard University. He has received several grants from the LEF Foundation, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Boston, and Wheaton College.