We are very excited to announce that MOUSIE, a short film which was created in support of ‘Separated Child’, has been chosen as one of the official selections to appear at the Dublin International Film Festival 2020! This showing at the Dublin International Film Festival is the latest screening since the Roma film festival in Berlin.
We are indebted to writer-director David Bartlett and producer Will Poole and all the cast and crew that have been so generous with their time, talent and technical skills. See the trailer below.
Set in Nazi Germany, MOUSIE centres round a Roma girl who becomes a separated child in her time because her family and her people are victims to race-hatred and persecution.
The film is based in Berlin 1936. Hitler will soon host the Olympics, and the streets are being “cleansed” of Jews and Roma “Gypsies”. Inside a dying Weimar Kabarett club, seven-year-old Roma Helene (Sasha Watson-Lobo) hides in a wardrobe, concealed by tap-dancer Katharina (CJ Johnson) who plans to escape the poison of Nazism and take Helene to America – where everyone is welcome, no matter the colour of their skin.
But Helene won’t rest. Sneaking about unseen, the little mouse sees everything – a dancing devil, a nervous stage-manager, an alcoholic “new age Nazi” comedian. And the arrival of awkward Nazi conscript, Otto (Jack Bennett). Finding his feet as a newly-empowered thug, he clumsily makes a pass at Katharina, but greater jeopardy awaits as he discovers the little mouse. Only the child’s ingenuity and talent will save her now…
“Charming, timely and thought-provoking” says film critic Jonathan Ross—a Patron of ‘Separated Child’—of this short film.