8 min


Only Rats


The Big Apple is filled with misunderstood and truly picturesque "creatures" eager to share their lives with you. It's not just rats that inhabit the New York subway.

What if, during your trip to New York, you stopped to observe what no one else looks at? Join us in getting to know those whom we hesitate to approach due to prejudice, allowing ourselves to be surprised, or not, by their reflections and experiences. The Big Apple is filled with misunderstood and truly picturesque "creatures" eager to share their lives with you.

Director’s statement
On my first visit to New York, I witnessed more homeless than I’ve ever seen before. People who can't meet their basic needs coexist with the most extravagant luxuries. The class divide there is immense. There is no eye contact between people; the chasm is too deep for the eyes to reach. All forms of connection have been lost; they live in parallel universes on the same planet.
I wanted to understand why even those of us who pride ourselves on having rich empathy build such a large barrier with those who have simply had worse luck. I started talking to people who approached me, ignoring the New York custom of ignoring and walking on, no matter what. To no one's surprise, I discovered interesting stories, educated, unique, kind people, and sadly, even people who were grateful that someone looked them in the eyes.
With this short film, I want to encourage people to connect with those they are disconnected from, to put aside prejudices and practice empathy.


Paz del Carre de la Portilla

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young adults

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CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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