bi'bakino #43


Saturday, 09.12.2017 at 8 pm
After the film: Q+A with the director Katja Baumgarten

The autobiographical film My little one approaches a sensitive subject in an open and intimate manner. The director sees herself confronted with a life-changing decision: during her pregnancy it is discovered that her child has a fatal genetic disorder. “The prognosis has to be described as considerably bad”, is the assessment of the specialist. “ You have to decide!”, he says: “The usual choice is the immediate termination of the pregnancy.” Katja Baumgarten decides against this option, choosing instead to spend what time she has with her son. Supported by her other children, her family and friends, among these the cinematographer Gisela Tuchtenhagen, the audience is able to follow along with this process and to share a glimpse of her son’s short life.

“The autobiographical documentary deals with the existence, birth and death of my little son Martin Tim, and it negotiates personal questions and developments which arose after being confronted with this heartbreaking diagnosis – most of all it is about the sudden demand to make decisions about the duration of life and the conditions of death of one of my children.” – Katja Baumgarten

Director: Katja Baumgarten.
Germany 2001/2002, 88 min, OV with English subtitles.

Katja Baumgarten, born in 1959, lives in Hannover. She trained as a midwife and did more than 25 years of home birth assistance. After graduating as a master student at the College of Fine Arts in Braunschweig, she also studied Fine Art and film with Birgit Hein from 1983 to 1992 at the same institution. She then worked and taught documentary filmmaking there from 1994 to 2000. Currently she works as a journalist and filmmaker.