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In a photo booth, a baby is crying. A female voice is heard saying comforting words. A photo appears with a teenage girl and a baby cuddled in her arms. Ilinka is 14 years old. She has been living in Switzerland for a year with her mother and her aunt. Ilinka just gave birth to a boy. Ilinka‘s mother has heard about a box where babies can be deposited.

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As a filmmaker I feel responsible to inform the audience about unknown and unconvenient topics. Baby abandonment is a hidden and private act, which I decided to present from the women point of view using a fiction feature.
I would like to show the society, which is often considering negatively baby abandonment, the love and strength of women, deciding to give away their babies. The Swiss Society has a pragmatic and administrative response for baby abandonment. There exists a baby hatch, which, however, is barely accepted in the Swiss society. I regret that there are no respectful solutions for mothers, their abandon babies, and the adoptive parents in Switzerland such as in New Zealand and Polynesia.
baby hatch abandon motherhood young mother migration teenager




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Hamburg International Short Film Festival
7 Jun – 13 Jun | Hamburg, Germany

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