Phil Mulloy’s contribution to a series of animated films commemorating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights takes a characteristically dark view of the human condition. The discovery of a treasure map precipitates individual fisticuffs, declarations of war and all-out genocide. Lustrous chalk figures and symbolically potent color schemes join together a composite history of violence. THE CHAIN only lasts twelve minutes but its compression of narrative information results in an epic sweep evoking past war-torn films like ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, THE TIN DRUM and FULL METAL JACKET. Though Mulloy allows for a small glimmer of hope for peace, he sounds a final cautionary note that humankind’s appetite for destruction exists beyond the scope of international law.