Best Documentary Nominee
They Call Me Babu is a film told through the use of archive footage about native Indonesian girls working as nannies (pembantu) for colonial Dutch families in a rapidly changing world in the 1940s against the backdrop of WWII and the struggle for independence in Indonesia. The film is told from the perspective of Indonesian Alima and begins with her decision to flee from an arranged marriage to go to work as a pembantu for a Dutch family. Through all her new impressions and thoughts, she looks critically at colonial society and her own position. She survives the Indonesian liberation war and becomes an independent woman.
Director: Sandra Beerends
Writer: Sandra Beerends
Producer: Pieter van Huystee
English Title: They Call Me Babu
Length: 78 minutes
Date: Friday, 12 November 2021
Time: 18.30 WIT (GMT+08.00)
Location: Park 23 XXI, Kuta, Bali
Virtual screening will be available from Thursday to Wednesday, 11-17 November 2021 on BookMyShow.