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Rocks In My Pockets

Latvia, the late 1920's. Anna, a young woman, pretty and educated, falls in love with an adventurous entrepreneur, 30 years her senior. But with marriage comes great jealousy, and the entrepreneur hides Anna away in the forest, far from other men, where she bears him eight children. The Great Depression hits them hard. Then Latvia is overrun with invasions by the Soviets, then the Nazis, then the Soviets once again. Anna is a pillar of strength, defying the hardships, raising her young, teaching them survival secrets of the forest. But something inside her is terribly wrong.

“Rocks In My Pockets” is a story of mystery and redemption. The film is based on true events involving five women of Signe Baumane’s family, including herself, and their battles with depression and suicide. It raises questions of how much family genetics determine who we are and if it is possible to outsmart one’s own DNA. The film is packed with visual metaphors, surreal images and a twisted sense of humor. It is an animated tale full of art, women, strange daring stories, Latvian accents, history, nature, adventure and more.
  • Details
    88 minutes
    N/R, Not Rated

    A Film by: Signe Baumane
    Music Composer: Kristian Sensini
    Sound Designer: Weston Fonger
    Editor and Compositor: Wendy Cong Zhao
    Color Design and Production Manager: Rashida Nasir
    Co-Producer and Voiceover Director: Sturgis Warner
    Latvian Co-Producer: Roberts Vinovskis
    Writer, Director, Producer, Animator: Signe Baumane
  • Subtitles (DVD Only)
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The DVD carries two full versions of “Rocks In My Pockets,” one in English, the other Latvian with subtitles available for both. It also has the film's trailer.

The DVD is formatted as an All-Region NTSC. If you live in a country that primarily uses PAL and try to buy a DVD above, a message will pop up and say “no items currently available in this region.” Simply shift the setting to a NTSC country (like the United States) and order the DVD from there. It will still be shipped to wherever you may be.

The film was made possible with the support of Women Make Movies, New York State Council on the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, National Film Centre of Latvia and our 800 Kickstarter backers. THANK YOU!