The Story of Baba







Special Jury Award at 10th China International Children's Film Festival, Qingdao 2009


THE STORY OF BABA is based upon the storybook ‘A Little Elephant Finds His Courage‘ by Nancy Baron and Sybil Wettasinghe. In it the animated story of a little elephant who lost his father in a jungle war is told to children from Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Columbia and New York.

Apart from being an entertaining THE STORY OF BABA is a sometimes humorous and often touching film for children from the age of 6 and up.

In countries struggling with the direct consequences of war or deadly disease, THE STORY OF BABA talks about the day to day reality while telling adults the story of their children. For audiences not directly affected by war and widespread disease, the film moves them to feel the consequences thereof to real children.

After seeing the film, comments by viewers include:

“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.” (Liberia 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.” (Uganda youth)

“Each country is so much the same. The innocent suffer the most.” (Somalia 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 for care for all and even become activists for peace.

THE STORY OF BABA is also contained in the feature length documentary ECHOES OF WAR and its educational version FINDING COURAGE.

For the accompanying book "Little Baba Finds His Courage", including a teacher’s manual contact:

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Joop Van Wijk
Liesbeth Worm (animation)


Molenwiek Film


Animation World
Jan Snoerwang

Production manager
Nancy Baron
executive producer
Creative procer

Melle van Essen


Barend Schweigman

sound asst.

Daniel Guillamse


Jan Dop CSC
Obbe Verwer

sound editing

Michel Schöpping


Marc Lizier



Special thanks

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