Four amazing short films about childhood

Nov. 6, 2017

Guidedoc brings you these selected pieces about childhood, four stories that will feed the soul of adults and young viewers alike.

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Svyato by Victor Kossakovsky (2005)



After many months of keeping his two-year-old son away from mirrors and reflective surfaces since he was born, director Victor Kossakovsky decides to film the discovery that his little Svyatoslav has with the reflection of himself. The first time encounter between the little boy with a large mirror lingers for about forty minutes in the living room of his house while his father films him with two hidden cameras. During that time, Svyatoslav is captivated by that apparent visitor, towards whom he rehearses a series of gestures and even continues to interact with other objects around him but always ending up returning to the mirror in his attempt to grasp his own reflected body. As a precious essay on the consciousness of the "Self", a key moment in the childhood of every human being, the film stays in our mind for a long time to remind us of the capacity to let us be amazed by the little things of life, a notion that perhaps we have left behind in those early years.


Wild Lilly by Sanne Rovers (2011)



Freedom is more than just a word for little Lilly within the squatter community in the Dutch forest where she has always lived with her family. Amid the open spaces lulled by nature, we see Lilly shouting with joy as she plays on a tree-toothed swing, cutting a wooden log with a saw and even lighting a big bonfire in the company of her siblings when the day is still sunny. But when the government decides to take control of those lands, Lilly's life will have to take an significant turn. In this documentary, we live from Lilly's point of view the most important challenge of her childhood, a coming-of-age opportunity to start a new life in a seemingly monotonous suburban neighborhood. The realism that permeates the story is punctuated by impressionist brushstrokes that rest on the music and sound of the film, which makes us live alongside with Lilly a carousel of emotions in her to quest to find the essence of happiness among a new urban world.

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Sana by Marcos Pimentel (2013)



Sana is an albino boy who lives in a remote coastal community in the state of Marajo, in northeastern Brazil. In the film, we follow Sana's day-to-day life as he frolics in the waters and sands of a magical amphibian ecosystem. What it appears to be an observational documentation of a little boy’s routine where time is widened in an endless exploration of the environment, is rather seen as a wonderful experience through the simplicity of a harmonious relationship with nature. Sana seems to be searching for something buried under the surfaces, either hiding his head in wet sands or sinking his gaze into shallow waters. The discovery of himself, of his mind and body, within the inherent pleasure of freedom of an infinite playground seems to be the premise of this beautiful documentary short film.


Herman Slobbe: Blind Kid II by Johan Van der Keuken (1966)



During the filming of "Blind Kind / Blind Child", a film about blind children commissioned by a television station in his country, the renowned Dutch filmmaker Johan Van der Keuken was captivated by the extroverted and talented boy Herman Slobbe, so he decided to do a new film focused only on him. Despite his blindness, Herman, who enters puberty, interacts with the outside world in a free and sincere way, a personality that Van der Keuken expresses by giving freedom to the camera and sound, experimenting with sync sound and composition with a hand held camera. Among several explorations in Herman´s hobbies and the dreams he has in life, the director accompanies him to the car racing track and then films him as he imitates with his mouth the bursts of the cars passing by. At a moment in film, Van der Keuken gives him a microphone and the boy becomes the interviewer of documentary.


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