In a series of vivid, stream-of-consciousness stories, we hear from “Baba,” an elderly Turkish man who migrated to New Zealand decades ago. The memories were told to his grandson, the filmmaker Joel Kefali, who then animated the recordings. Baba’s tales are admittedly hard to follow, but the random incoherence of his stories will surely resonate with anyone who has an aging immigrant relative with not-so-great English. “With every year that passes, my grandfather’s accent seems to oddly get stronger, his memory in parts a little more patchy, his stories more elaborate and his history a little more mysterious,” Kefali writes. “Animation allows us to interpret his words in way that is larger than life, adding a touch of imagination, fantasy to reality.”

The Loading Docs initiative supports 10 filmmaking teams to create three-minute, creative documentaries that tell New Zealand stories. This year’s theme is connection. We’ve previously featured their shorts on voluntary euthanasia and a pro wrestler’s fall from grace.

How do you use one sense to do the work of another? Can You Read My Lips? is a short film about the imprecise art of lip-reading based on the essay “Seeing at the Speed of Sound,” by Rachel Kolb, who narrates and stars in the video. “Lipreading…is an inherently tenuous mode of communication,” she explains. “When I watch people’s lips, I am trying to learn something about sound when the eyes were not meant to hear.” This film was directed by David Terry Fine and produced by Little Moving Pictures.