What is Azúcar?

Azúcar is an animated short film about a boy and his mother.

Ana and Marcelo have traveled 1500 miles from Honduras to the U.S. border. Tonight is the night they will attempt to cross the Rio Grande. During the crossing we will learn why they have come so far, and endured so much, to get here. We will also see them face their greatest challenge of the journey.
Ana and Marcelo arrive at the riverbank carrying little more than hope, resilience, and a few packets of sugar—azúcar—to keep them going. But will their hope and resilience survive the night?
Azúcar was made with the generous support of executive producer George Bard. The Planet Nutshell team worked on the story, design, and animation in-between client work during the pandemic.
The story is based on interviews, as well as the personal experiences of our art director, Jen Sanchez, whose family is from Colombia.

Why Did We Make Azúcar, and What’s Next?

Azúcar is the first episode of a series of stories about human migration around the globe. In this time of war and climate change, people are on the move in unprecedented numbers. The movement of humans is challenging our ideas of national and ethnic identity, as well as our faith in, and adherence to, the notions of democracy and freedom. 

We want to find intimate stories from around the globe that reveal our shared humanity, and thereby move us all to a better place.

If you’d like to join us in our efforts and support this series, please contact us.

Where can I see Azúcar?

You can see the latest news about screenings and watch the trailer here