Long-time Sheepshead Bay resident Natalya Serebrennikova created a profound and playful animated short, Cicada, now competing in a PBS 13 contest. The film tells the story of an immigrant girl’s last days in Ozerki, Russia, her transition to Brooklyn, and her first day of school. With a remarkable amount of detail and specificity, Serebrennikova recounts the tale with beautiful, childlike imagery supported by a smattering of text. And yes, the school depicted is right here in Sheepshead Bay.
Go watch the film and vote for it now. The contest ends this Wednesday, August 25, and if Cicada wins it will be broadcast on Channel 13 on Saturday night.