Special Jury Award at 10th China International Children's Film Festival, Qingdao 2009
THE STORY OF BABA is a compelling age appropriate tale for children from the age of 8 and up.
It is based upon the storybook ‘A Little Elephant Finds His Courage‘ by Nancy Baron and illustrated by Sybil Wettasinghe. In the animated story, a little elephant loses his father in a jungle war. In the film, after listening to the story, children from Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Columbia and New York respond by telling their real life stories.
In countries struggling with the direct consequences of war or deadly disease, THE STORY OF BABA talks to them about the shared day to day realities of survivors. For audiences not directly affected by war and widespread disease, the film moves them to feel the the experiences of affected children.
After seeing the film, comments by viewers included:
“A poignant portrayal of the consequences of war and disease to innocent children.” (Dutch university student)
“The reality of what our war did to our children. Now we have to fix it.” (Liberian parent)
“I feel angry. Our president and every lawmaker and military person should see it so they realise the consequences of the violence that they don’t control.” (Ugandan youth)
“Each country is so much the same. The innocent suffer the most.” (Somali parent)
“I couldn’t sleep the night after I saw it. That wasn’t bad, it was good for me. Now I know the truth about war and death.” (USA child)
Though a film cannot create world peace or health for all, THE STORY OF BABA can be a powerful catalyst to move children and adults to gain insight in the need to become activists for peace and supporters of those people most affected.
THE STORY OF BABA is contained in the feature length documentary ECHOES OF WAR and its educational version FINDING COURAGE.
For a DVD of the film(s) and/or the accompanying book "Little Baba Finds His Courage", including a teacher’s manual, contact email@example.com
Joop Van Wijk
Liesbeth Worm (animation)
Melle van Essen
Joop de Jong