Amina, 17, is pregnant. She is afraid of giving birth. She asks her friends and aunts for more information, sympathy and support. She receives quite the opposite from them. In the end, it’s the child that decides.
Signe Baumane was born in 1964 in Auce, Latvia, and grew up mostly in Tukums, Latvia, and Sakhalin Island in the Soviet Union’s Far East. Her son Haralds was born in 1987. She graduated from Moscow University in 1989 with a B.A. in Philosophy.
In 1989 she started work at Dauka Animation Studio in Riga as an animator and cel painter. She also designed and directed several animated commercials for local TV.
In 1991 she made her debut as scriptwriter, director, and artist with a two-minute animated film, The Witch and the Cow .
From 1991 to 1992 she lived in Moscow, and there illustrated two books, Little Red Riding Hood (Krasnaya Shapochka), and a book of poetry for children by Fred Solianov, The Gilded Rhino . Later in 1993 the Moscow Publishing Company, Album, published a a book of which she was both author and illustrator, The Book of the Tigers (Kniga Tigrov) .
In 1993 she returned to Riga to work on her next film, Tiny Shoes, which was completed in that… read more