They Call Me Babu
Alima tells her story, which plays out against the backdrop of World War II and the struggle for independence, over unique footage from various archives.
Alima worked for a Dutch family as their babu-nanny-in the former Dutch East Indies. She tells her story of how she came to work for the family, taking care of their baby Jantje. She accompanies them for a short stay in the Netherlands. Upon her return, she lives through the Japanese occupation and the battle for Indonesia's independence. Throughout these years, Alima is loyal to the child, but at the same time she's loyal to her lover Riboet, who is an independence fighter.
78' / b&w
Original title: ZE NOEMEN ME BABOE
Dir: Sandra Beerends
Prod: Pieter van Huystee Film (NL)
Co-prod: NTR (NL)
Sc: Sandra Beerends
Completed: November 2019
First feature length documentary.
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