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.