The NFB is committed to respecting your privacy

We use cookies to ensure that our site works efficiently, as well as for advertising purposes.

If you do not wish to have your information used in this way, you can modify your browser settings before continuing your visit.

Learn more
Blood Manifesto

Blood Manifesto

| 2 min

In this short animation, Theodore Ushev signs a violent, brutal and troubling political statement in his own blood and narrates it in his own gravelly voice. All over the world, idealist revolutionaries shed their blood to denounce injustices. Yet blood is also the very symbol of life. Sketches drawn using the filmmaker’s own blood explore this paradox. Why fight for ideals, noble though they may be, if you must die for them in the end? Are rebellion and insurrection egotistical deeds, or are they lessons in pure altruism? Poetic and philosophical, the film explores these complex and important questions.

  • writer
    Theodore Ushev
  • director
    Theodore Ushev
  • animator
    Theodore Ushev
  • performer
    Theodore Ushev
  • sound designer
    Luigi Allemano
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • technical consultant
    Éloi Champagne
  • production intern
    Sharron Mirsky
  • on-line
    Denis Pilon
  • technical co-ordination
    Steve Hallé
  • administration
    Rosalina Di Sario
    Stéphanie Lalonde
    Dominique Forget
  • executive producer
    Michael Fukushima
  • producer
    Marcy Page
    Jelena Popovic



Enjoy the NFB experience on your favourite device. 

Embed this code on your site

Video player width

by Reset