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They Call Me Babu

Netherlands | 2019 | 78 min. | G

They Call Me Babu

Netherlands | 2019 | 78 min. | G

Synopsis

Dutch families used the word ‘babu’ when they referred to the Indonesian nannies in their employ, during colonial rule. Their real names and their past were discarded by history and buried in oblivion. Alima, the fictional narrator of this emotionally charged documentary, gives voice to these invisible women’s countless untold stories. Alima’s recount, woven through testimonies and diaries, coincides with the turbulent period between 1939 and 1949 that witnessed WWII, the Japanese occupation of the country, and the Indonesian struggle for independence. Using unique, never-before-seen images from various archives in the Netherlands and Japan, it tells a universal story about the empowerment of women.

 

LANGUAGE: Indonesian, Dutch

SUBTITLES: Lithuanian, English

 

FESTIVALS:

IDFA

Director: Sandra Beerends

Editing: Ruben van der Hammen

Producer: Pieter van Huystee

Sandra Beerends

Filmography:

2019 – They Call Me Babu

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