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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2009 - 12.25 July

Sections & Films


Category: Edition 2009


Amina, a young woman (17) is pregnant and afraid to give birth. For a consolation and advice she goes to older women but their stories scare her even more.



Amina, 17 anni, è incinta e ha paura di partorire. Per consolazione e consulenza va da alcune donne, ma le loro storie la spaventano ancora di più.


Original Title BIRTH
Category Official Competition
Section Troubled Gaze
Tipology Animation, Short Film
Duration 12'
Production Year 2009
Nationality Italy, USA
Directed by Signe Baumane
Screenplay Signe Baumane
Script Signe Baumane
Director of photography Signe Baumane
Editor Signe Baumane
Animation Signe Baumane
Sound Rob Daly
Music Douglas Mullins
Original Voices Kamala Sankaram (Amina)
Anne Thibault (madre/mother)
Eileen Stevens (Nina)
Rebecca Honig (Lourdes)
Karen Gilliam (infermiera/nurse)
Kim Gatewood (medico/doctor)
Produced by Pierre Poire

birth regSigne Baumane
Signe Baumane was born in Latvia and lived there until she was 18. She then moved to Moscow to study Philosophy. In 1989 Signe started to work in Riga’s Animated Film Studio as a cell painter and part time animator. In 1995 she moved to New York where she quickly found the best possible teacher of Animated Independence - Bill Plympton, in whose studio Signe started to work in January 1996. Baumane learned how an independent animation studio works. In 1998 Signe made her first animated film on American soil and since then She has been trying to produce films regularly. Among his films: THE THREATENED ONE (1999), NATASHA (2001), WOMAN (2002), VETERINARIAN (2007).


Signe Baumane
Signe Baumane nasce e vive in Lettonia fino ai 18 anni. Si trasferisce poi a Mosca per studiare filosofia. Nel 1989 inizia a lavorare al Riga’s Animated Film Studio come animatrice part-time. Nel 1995 si trasferisce a New York dove trova rapidamente un ottimo insegnante, l’animatore indipendente Bill Plympton, nel cui studio Signe comincia a lavorare nel gennaio 1996. Baumane impara, così, come funziona uno studio indipendente e nel 1998 realizza il suo primo film d'animazione sul territorio americano. Da allora ha realizzato dieci cortometraggi tra cui: THE THREATENED ONE (1999), NATASHA (2001), WOMAN (2002), VETERINARIAN (2007).


Pierre Poire Productions


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Signe Baumane