What did the life look like of Indone­sian nannies working for Dutch fami­lies in the Dutch East Indies? The director created the char­acter Alima on the basis of hundreds of archive images and many stories by babus.
Alima worked for a Dutch family as their babu – nanny — in the former Dutch East Indies. Her story, based on the expe­ri­ences and memo­ries of many Indone­sian nannies, is set against the back­drop of World War II and the battle for inde­pen­dence. Alima flees from a forced marriage and starts working for a Dutch family. Informed by her new impres­sions and thoughts, she takes a crit­ical approach to the colo­nial society and her personal posi­tion in it. The story is told in voice-over by Denise Aznam, under rarely-before-seen archive images.

Title: Ze noemen me Baboe
Year: 2019
Duration : 1 hour, 20 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2020

GeschiedenisPolitiekKristallen FilmGender & IdentityArchive footageEthnicityMaatschappij

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Lange Documentaire (2020)
Sandra Beerends
Beste Montage (2020)
Ruben van der Hammen

Gouden Kalf nominees

Other awards

Kristallen Film (10.000 bezoekers documentaire) (2020)

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