I’m so pleased and proud to say that BABYHOOD has won an Award, after being part of Culture Unplugged Festival.

“To share with you in brief, a different guest panel of visionaries is invited for each festival to watch a small selection of films and identify the film that is most conscious in its selection of story, vision, and art of filmmaking—that awakens the global citizens and helps them usher life toward a new direction. ”

As well as making me literally jump for joy, it has propelled me into my next film with a deep sense of commitment.

This time I want to make a film that looks at childhood, in particular the process of being a child, and how the modern world is stealing so many elements of growing up from our children.

It has grown out of my questioning of the systems in place around schooling. As my 5yr old revels in the wonder of the world around him, I strive to keep that wonderment in place and have chosen not to send him to school.

Schools are testing children at younger and younger ages, and failing children at every level. Nature is being branded as a commodity, along with technology replicating real life experiences.

I want to question all of this and more.

Its complicated.

I will be uploading small clips here soon, let me know if this appeals to you, or if you have a story to tell.

peace and joy x

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Babyhood has been licensed by Canterbury College. The early years teachers want to use it to show to their students planning to work in pre-school settings. I’m over the moon and hope it will prove a trusty companion to the other resource material. In fact I’m fascinated to know what is on the rest of the course!

what an incredible idea!

Laura Grace Weldon

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Today is my youngest child’s birthday. As my mother used to tell me, we always carry our children in our hearts. I know this is true emotionally. Apparently it’s also true on the physical level.

Sometimes science is filled with transcendent meaning more beautiful than any poem. To me, this new research shows the poetry packed in the people all around us.

It’s now known that cells from a developing fetus cross the placenta, allowing the baby’s DNA to become part of the mother’s body.  These fetal cells persist in a woman’s body into her old age. (If she has been pregnant with a male child it’s likely she’ll have some Y-chromosomes drifting around for a few decades too). This is true even if the baby she carried didn’t live to be born. The cells of that child stay…

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Again this is telling us the obvious. We must learn to nurture our babies, if it doesn’t come naturally to us….

another thoughtful post from Sarah Ockwell-Smith which i felt the need to reblog as i have been so rubbish at blogging anything original for sooooo long!! having 2 littlies under 5 (not for long) is soooo time consuming and deliciously wonderful – no time for thoughtful posts – sorry! x

Yes please – I want more films like this.

I want to make films like this!!

To be taken on a journey through someone’s life from the age of 5 until 17 in one film was the most inspiring thing I have seen in AGES or even EVER!

I hadn’t realised how shallow and one dimensional so many films are as they don’t or can’t (boring budget restrictions) take the time and space for an idea to become profound. 

Richard Linklater has achieved this profundity and i love it – thank you!

I was really pleased to see the Mum (Patricia Arquette) character studying and then teaching Attachment Theory and Bowlby – great touch Richard!!

I stumbled across this the other day and loved this presentation from a 12yr old on the state of education…look at what our children are capable of given the chance to love learning! I hope my boys will appreciate the time and thought i am giving to their early learning experiences…only time will tell!

Yet again I have found a response from Sarah that totally clarifies what I am parenting for. More empathy. More peace and more love.

love this review from Suzanne Zeedyk – Thanks!

Suzanne Zeedyk

The information about babies’ needs and babies’ experiences is flooding in these days.  It can seem daunting to try to get any overview on those messages.

For anyone interested in trying to do just that, you might have a look at the new film out by Kate Jangra, called Babyhood. Kate is an independent filmmaker and mother, who wanted to try to provide insights into what she sees as the landscape within which children are today growing up.

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