They Call Me Babu
This subtle montage film reveals the invisible story of Indonesian nannies through private footage of Dutch families living in colonized Indonesia. These young girls, or pembantus, served wealthy families in Dutch-controlled Indonesia in the 1940s. Succeeding in life as a nanny meant dependence on the colonists, but also implied the promise of freedom, which there was little possibility of obtaining. Whilst Alima’s character is fictional, the entire film is based on archival footage. Real life stories and personal accounts divulge a life full of twists and turns as Alima trys to find a balance between her identity and solidarity towards her Dutch family.