In this animation of Muriel Rukeyser’s “Poem (I lived in the first century of world wars),” two lives unfold in split screen, one during the tumultuous world events of 1968, the other 50 years later against a new landscape of uncertainty and ever-present digital technology. Created by Manual Cinema.

Produced by Poetry Foundation


Directed and Edited by Julia VanArsdale Miller
Music Composed by Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter
Based on the poem by Muriel Rukeyser
Animation by Lizi Breit
Shadow Puppet Design by Lizi Breit and Julia VanArsdale Miller
Voice over and Live Action Performed by Eunice Woods
Director of Photography Andrew Morgan for Little Cabin Films
Costumes and Wigs by Mieka van der Ploeg
Music Recorded and Mixed by Nick Broste
Mastered by Kyle Vegter
Sound Design by Kyle Vegter

Puppeteers: Lizi Breit, Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Julia VanArsdale Miller
Additional Live Actors: Rasaan Booker, Jyreika Guest, N. LaQuis Harkins, Jeffrey Paschal
Musicians: Deidre Huckabay (flutes), Zachary Good (clarinets), Ryan Nyther  (trumpet), Nick Broste (trombone), Kyle Vegter (piano), Ben Kauffman (guitar), Seth Vanek (drums), Amanda Bailey (violin), Macie Stewart (violin), Dominic Johnson (viola), Lia Kohl (cello)