I had been looking forward to this movie since first hearing teasers about it on various crunchy blogs. Baby Hattie was exposed to many toys, books, and play groups for parental and infant interaction, however she did not appear to be any happier or healthier in her daily life.
It was actually quite a tear-jerking scene for me as the camera filmed the baby in his clear bassinet with the mother staring at him blankly and exhaustedly from her hospital bed.
Their needs are satisfied and the society is not consumed by materialistic needs. In fact, there were many, many scenes with no adults present on-screen.
I believed this to be true because baby Hattie and baby Mari both had access to what I initially thought was more and better resources to rear an infant. We got to see Babies.
A real, live date, to a movie theater. I scrolled back through the stills. I believe that it is because of the views on women in the Namibian culture that make it acceptable to be topless.
We do notice some themes, though: You barely ever saw Hattie with anyone but her parents, and you rarely saw the parents with anyone else. Just to give an example, when I was choosing pictures to go with this post, I scrolled through pages of film stills and selected my favorites, then realized: Which I know is absurd.
Many of the students argued that one or some of the babies held advantages developmentally more so than the other babies did. The extra resources such as toys, educational movies, baby classes, recreational parks etc, are not necessarily components in determining an advantage in development.
But a few days later, while Mikko was in school, we went all-out extravagant and saw a second movie in a theater: There is little cuteness here: After watching the film I realize there are probably still some illnesses that babies such as Ponijao would encounter however the baby did not appear to be unhealthy in any way.
I purposely have avoided reading any interviews or other film reviews before getting my thoughts down. I thought the same as I saw the babies take their first wobbling steps and wondered at how hands-off all the parents were about it.
Not to defend the psychology of that, but I did love seeing this loving tribal atmosphere in action, where all the members seemed content at least from the outside in their particular life stage, rather than jockeying to be treated as younger or older, and therefore seeing those older or younger as a threat, as seems to happen a lot in our society.
In Western society, breasts are not recognized primarily as a source of nourishment for infants, rather they are seen as sexual objects.
At one point, baby Bayar is shown playing amongst several large cows. And, most telling, there was a little girl in the theater with us who was maybe 5 years old. Then I took a look at baby Ponijao from Namibia.
But what struck me most of all, by comparison with the other families, and what rings true to me as an American mother, was the loneliness. If you can find a convenient babysitter for your own hot date night to see a documentary! And then I waited, and waited.
As he got older, he just pretty much never wore pants, and he wandered around the yard at will, playing with i. Good popcorn movie, no? Yeah, yeah, a white baby in Western clothes holding a cell phone or taking a shower with indoor plumbing — big deal.
When Ponijao developed the ability to crawl he was permitted to crawl all over the ground and used his mouth to explore his environment. When you did see Bayar with his mother, it was often a tense scene: The birth, even more than the American one, was harsh and medicalized, and the baby was immediately swaddled and laid apart from his mother.
Ah, but it was worth it! Or does it not matter, as with places in Africa that still ascribe to tribal ideals but have heavy conflict?
Babies opens Friday in select theaters see below Our rating: This indicates to me that presence of materialistic elements is not necessarily a factor in positive healthy child development. Composed largely of long takes from stationary cameras, the result is a collection of compelling and intimate glimpses of infancy that, nevertheless, leave us wondering just what the point of the film is.
I really liked seeing how closely knit the Namibian community was. Not much detail is shown, but it set the tone for the whole Japanese set of being relatively quiet and serene, even in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo.The worlds of babies in a new documentary if intellectually questionable documentary Babies from director Thomas Balmes.
While the prospect of following four babies' first year on earth has a. Feb 18, · Discussion of the film “Babies” by Thomas Balmes (Available for streaming on Netflix) After watching the film “Babies” by Thomas Balmer, I feel as though I have been given a greater insight into the differences in child rearing practices cross culturally.
“With this movie, Thomas is re-defining the nonfiction art form.” James Schamus – Focus Features CEO Capturing on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all, BABIES simultaneously follows four babies, in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo, respectively, from birth to first steps.
BABIES Assignment Course: Sociology of Family (SOCI ) Thomas Balmes’ documentary film represents few main differences in life-style, cross-cultural differences and similarities of four babies’ childhood from four different locations. May 05, · The director, Thomas Balmes, has found exemplary babies in Namibia, Mongolia, Tokyo and San Francisco, and observes them lovingly as they nurse, play, doze, poke kittens and happily hit one another.
The movie is really about the babies, not their parents, and in most cases, we only see those parts of the parents ranking highest on the infant's interest scale: nipples, hands, arms, and 3/5. May 07, · “Babies,” a documentary by Thomas Balmès, chronicles the first year in the lives of four far-flung infants.Download