My Baba’s Kitchen is an animated short that tells the story of two young people who fell in love under extraordinary circumstances. Taking place in the past and present as a conversation between a grandmother and granddaughter, the film explores the binding forces of culture, music and food.
Have you ever wondered how your grandparents met? When I sat down with my grandmother to hear her life story, there was the one part I couldn't stop thinking about: my grandparents arrived in Canada, both displaced persons, and fell in love under extraordinary circumstances.
I decided to make a short animated film about their story. The film takes place in both the past and present as a conversation between a grandmother and her curious granddaughter. My Baba’s Kitchen addresses the idea of how culture really connects us, whether it be finding a soul-mate or accepting your grandparents.
My Baba's Kitchen has been a collaboration between Canadians and Ukrainians - two identities my grandmother and I identify with. The animations and music were created in Ukraine, while the writing, producing, editing and art direction were done in Canada.
My grandmother is 88 and I want her desperately to see this film about a small moment in her life which I think is truly beautiful. I am also making this film to share with the world, since its themes are cross-cultural.
March 12, 2016