THEY CALL ME BABU

ZE NOEMEN ME BABOE

By Sandra BEERENDS

PIETER VAN HUYSTEE FILM - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2019

Alima worked as a nanny in the former Dutch colony of Indonesia. She tells her story, which plays out against the backdrop of World War II and the struggle for independence, over unique footage from various archives.

Festivals
& Awards

IDFA 2019
Dutch Competition, Creative use of footage
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (online) 2021
Official Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • INDONESIAN
    • Duration
    • 79 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sandra BEERENDS
    • Producer(s)
    • Pieter VAN HUIJSTEE (PIETER VAN HUYSTEE FILM)
    • Synopsis
    • 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 in a rapidly changing world in the 1940’s against the backdrop of the second world war 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.