Piercing docu­men­tary on the conse­quences of (war) violence on chil­dren world­wide. When a story is read to them about the little elephant Baba, the chil­dren start to talk about their experiences.
Director Joop van Wijk filmed chil­dren on four different conti­nents who talk about their expe­ri­ences with (war) violence. They are victims of (civil) wars or terrorist actions in Afghanistan, Colombia, Sierra Leone and New York. The chil­dren start to tell when a story is read to them about the little elephant Baba. The animal leads a care­free life, until distur­bances erupt in the jungle. Even­tu­ally, he loses his father in a tragic way. More or less synchro­nous to the events in the story, the chil­dren tell, often discon­cert­ingly plainly, their incred­ibly tragic stories about the loss of family, friends, home and hearth. They also demon­strate how they tried to pick up their lives again after the drastic events. The poignant, but never senti­mental scenes with the chil­dren are alter­nated with animated scenes that tell the story of Baba, which form the thread of the documentary.

Credits

Sound Design
Montage
Production company
Molenwiek Film
Distributor NL
A-Film Distribution

Title: Echoes of War
Year: 2004
Duration : 1 hour, 10 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2005

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Camera (2005)
Melle van Essen (NSC)

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