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Katja Baumgarten, Germany 2001/2002, 88 Min., OV with English subs
Followed by a talk with 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.

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 at the same institution. She then worked and taught documentary filmmaking from 1994 to 2000. Currently, she works as a journalist and filmmaker.