The Little Fish and the Crocodile
Germany-Republic of Congo, 2018, 16 min
Tales of Us: “The little Fish and the Crocodile” is a fable from the rainforest in the Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo told by the children of the Sanza Mobimba Kindergarden. In cooperation with the SPAC foundation and their teaching methodology, Tales of Us has journeyed to the Congo several times over the last two years with an interdisciplinary team of teaching experts and creative professionals. Together we have worked with local teachers, developing children’s creativity and fostering a deep understanding of the joy essential to the art of storytelling. Encouraging local kids to draw from the elements of nature, they have created interesting characters with which to tell their stories.
Over the course of the workshops, the children progressed from initial character creation, to storytelling and development. All creative content, including art direction and stage design, has come from the children themselves. Adorned in costumes made from the natural elements of their home, the children are also the proud actors in their own adaptation of this traditional Congolese story.
Director: Stefanie Plattner
Screenplay: Dorothea Nölle
Producer: Stefanie Plattner, Eva Vonk
Director of Photography: Eric Ferranti
Costume Design: Carmarmen Schabracq
Sound: Veit Norek
Story Teller & Voice Over Lingala – Bosco Ekany
Kids – the children of Sanza Mobimba
Voice Over Ge/ Fr/ Eng/ Lin – Steve Regis N’Sondé Mienandi
She studied Acting in Berlin, graduated 2007, and was involved in several works as an actress (e.g. Nibelungenfestspiele Worms, Theater der Altmark, ZDF Fernsehfilm and several short films).
She then developed and produced her own shows and, amongst others, produced and directed a theatre show with children in the Evita se Perron theatre of Pieter Dirk Uys in “Darling” South Africa.
In 2011 Stefanie Plattner decided to venture into filmproducing, to be able to implement her own ideas and create a platform for others to do so too. She founded the production company “Storming Donkey Productions GmbH & Co. KG” and produced her first feature film “Hördur – Zwischen den Welten” which has been released in German cinema in October 2015 and won the German Film Critics Award for Best Children’s Movie.
With the short film “The little Fish and the Crocodile” she now took on the role as a film director for the very first time, implementing her experienced skills in theatre work with children and storytelling.