One Sentence Project Synopsis:
Poli Mito (Poly Myth) is an animated short that is partially inspired by a Venezuelan folk tale about a father who sends his daughter to bring light to their people.
One Paragraph Project Synopsis:
Partially based on a Venezuelan folk tale, Poli Mito (Poly Myth) is an animated tale about disobedience and independence. In the original tale, a father from the indigenous Warao tribe orders his daughters to bring light from el dueño de la luz (the keeper of the light). In Poli Mito, the daughter defies her father who orders her to stay in the darkness; instead, she brings light to her people where before there was just darkness. The name “Poli Mito” is a response to the idea of the monomythic hero; while there can be similarities in heroic tales, this tale celebrates diversity and divergence from the status quo.
EXT. – RIVER – Sunset – The Past
It is late afternoon and the sun is almost gone. The dense jungle becomes darker and the wind gets stronger. Poli, a young woman, reaches the palafitos (stilt homes) of the Warao people by boat. Her father looks annoyed because the night fall is near and worries about Poli getting stuck without light. A capybara sits patiently next to the Shaman. He waves to her and signals her to hurry. The shaman elder tugs on the father’s arm and whispers to him.
Su alma. Mejokoji, el sol en su corazón. Esta lista.
(Her soul. Mejokoji, the sun in her heart. She’s ready).
¿Poli va a traer la Luz? Pero el dueño de la Luz la tiene.
(Will Poli bring the light? But the owner of the light has it).
EXT. – PALAFITOS – NIGHT
Shaman Elder, Papá and Poli stand together at the door and Papá hugs her. The Shaman Elder is, surprisingly, a woman of few words. She gives Poli a seed necklace and Poli puts it on.
Yo te espero. Ve y traéme la Luz. Dile al dueño de La Luz que nuestras vidas depende de esto. Mamá no logro hacer esto. Pero se que tu si vas a poder. Pero cuando obtengas la luz no abras la caja. Solo trae la luz.
(I’ll wait for you. Go and bring me the light. Tell the owner of the light that our lives depend on this. Mom was not able to do this. But I know you will be able to do this. However when you have the light, don’t open the box. Just bring the light).
Poli gets back on the boat and the capybara jumps in. She sighs, waves goodbye, and soon she is on her way. Cocodriles swim behind her.
EXT. – Jungle – Night
Poli brings her boat up to the grassy shore and hides it with leaves. Her necklace lights up the pathway. Catches the atention of a wild beast. The Capybara jumps and Poli climbs a tree. Soon a capuchin steals her necklace. Poli chases after the monkey and the capybara grabs the necklace from the monkey. Poli and the capybara fall off the branch. Wild flowers glow in the jungle. Her heart beats faster as she hears animals and other creatures pass by her. The Capuchin apologizes as he points at the light. She responds and continues her journey towards a cave with capybara.
INT. – Cave – Night
Poli is inside. Bright lights swirl around her. Beautiful patterns dance around and guide her into a room filled with glowing orbs. Her necklace lights up. She finds a box. She opens the box; light flows from the box inter her body; she is enlightened. Butterflies fly out of her mouth and fill the screen.
INT. – APARTMENT – Night – Present Day
As the butterflies disperse, we see the illuminated face of another young woman; she is an immigrant to the US. In the darkness of her room, she lays in bed reading the news on her mobile phone, and it is the phone’s light that illuminates her face. She scrolls down with her finger and the news headline reads “AIDS THREATENS THE FUTURE OF THE WARAO.” She turns off her phone and closes her eyes. She does not notice the glowing butterfly that enters through her window and lands on her forehead, illuminating her face.
© Poli Mito
Written by Alejandra Abad