TIFF Int'l Kids Film Festival, Cinelatino, 29èmes Rencontres de Toulouse, Festival Internacional de Cine de Viña del Mar, Chicago International Children's, 7th Hollywood Brazilian, Andorra Kids', FESTin – Festival de Cinema Itinerante da Língua Portuguesa, The Los Angeles Asian Pacific, San Diego Asian

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Director's statement

What happens when we have to take care of those who took care of us? My family had to face this question when my grandmother found herself living all alone after my grandfather passed away. The short film “Bá” portrays a similar situation, where an elderly lady, Bá (from bachan, the word for grandma in Japanese), must move into her son’s home, causing ripples within his family. I am a Japanese-Brazilian filmmaker, and I had the pleasure to cast my own 82-year-old grandmother to play the role of Bá in the film. The connection between Bruno and Bá in the short is shown through their scenes in the garden. This aspect of the story is inspired by my own relationship with my grandmother, who taught me everything I know about plants. My relationship with her and the real-life situations my family went through inspired me to write and direct this film. I believe many people go through similar experiences with their elderly family members and will be able to relate to our story.

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