Finding Courage


docu/fiction hybrid





A documentary film with animated sequences about child survivors of wars and violent conflicts in Afghanistan, New York, Colombia and Sierra Leone. They take us into their lives and share their memories, nightmares and dreams.

Though continents apart and without knowledge of each other these children have grief, courage and hope in common. A Colombian boy takes us down the road where his hand disappeared. In New York, two girls tell us about their father, who worked on too high a floor of the World Trade Centre. We meet a girl in Afghanistan who struggles to remember her father of whom even the pictures were burned. In Sierra Leone a family on their way to a well is attacked, leaving a girl behind who has no idea what the rebels were fighting for. A boy in the Colombian jungle dreams of becoming a doctor. A girl in a besieged city is determined to become president of her country and outlaw all weapons.

The children reveal their stories and dreams by their response to the animated tale of a little elephant who tries to find the courage to cope with the death of his father. While they identify with the plight of the little elephant we discover that they are the real heroes, far beyond the politics and rhetoric of statesmen, terrorists or soldiers.

By interplaying the children’s life stories with the animated tale of the little elephant, FINDING COURAGE grows into a sensitive portrayal of the consequences of war and violence.

FINDING COURAGE is the educational version of the feature length documentary ECHOES OF WAR and is shown to this day in various psychosocial projects all over the world..
For children from the age of six and up, there's THE STORY OF BABA available, a 20 minutes' version.

For the accompanying book "Little Baba Finds His Courage" by Nancy Baron and Sybil Wettasinghe, including a teacher’s manual, contact:

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Joop Van Wijk
Liesbeth Worm (animation)


Molenwiek Film


Animation World

Production manager
executive producer
Creative procer

Melle Van Essen


Barend Schweigmann

sound asst.

Daniel Guilliamse


Jan Dop CSC

sound editing

KLINK, Amsterdam


Marc Lizier


Filmmore, Amsterdam

Special thanks

Nancy Baron
Sybil Wettasinghe
Fatima Haffner
Najia Wahid
Pilar Lozano
Esther Perel
Meindert Witvliet
Joop de Jong