Awards - 17th Munich International Documentary Film Festival, 4.5.2002
Honorable mention goes to
International Jury: CECILIA LIDIN (European Documentary Network, Copenhagen), ANITA UZULNIECE (Film Festival "And the World Became Film", Riga), THOM PALMEN (Umeå International Film Festival/ Sweden), STEFANO TIALDI (Film producer, co-ordinator INPUT/ Italy), OSKAR HOLL (Bavarian Television / Munich)
Rewiev Journal for Women's and Gender Studies, FU Berlin
The autobiographical film, MEIN KLEINES KIND (My Little One), shown in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section, is directed by Katja Baumgarten, a midwife and film director. The movie allows its viewers become witnesses to a reflexive and sensitive process of encountering and addressing ethical values, and of making a self-determined decision about life and death. In the 21st week of her pregnancy, the single mother of three children learned that her unborn baby suffered from a complex genetic defect, and was suspected of having some chromosomal anomalies. Medical doctors advised Baumgarten to terminate the pregnancy immediately. Composed as a series of relatively simple pictures, this film documents how Baumgarten deals with the demands of having to decide whether to have this baby, as well as having to decide how long and under which conditions it should be allowed to live. In the end, Martin Tim is born and, during the few hours of his short life, experiences what it means to be welcomed and loved in this world. Mein Kleines Kind meets ethically high standards and documents the love and self-determination of a woman.