My Baba's Kitchen

Animated Short Film

 

SYNPOSIS

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.

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

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.

Stephanie Turenko

March 12, 2016

 

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