Small Hands in a Big War


2012-2013

Small Hands in a Big War is the very first TV series about World War One aimed at children. When war broke out in Europe in summer 1914, many believed it would be over by Christmas. They were wrong. The assassination of Austria's heir to the throne on June 28 had sparked a chain of events that turned a Balkan crisis into a conflict of unprece­dented scale: World War One. Millions of people on five continents were affected – including children. In the initial euphoria of nationalism thousands of them lied about their age to join the army as boy soldiers. The youngest being only 12 years old! School children were told stories about heroes and their selfless sacrifices on the battlefield, girls dressed up as nurses, boys played army games and said goodbye to their brothers and fathers, many of whom would never return. Others tried to flee the violence in war-stricken areas and faced hunger and hardship, losing their homes, belongings and childhood. Their experiences have been recorded in numerous diaries and letters, that vividly recall the spirit of those days.


Japan Prize 2014


Small Hands in a Big War, a docudrama series for youth was nominated in 2014 for the Japan Prize for educational media in the category Youth.

Gala of the Golden K's


Small Hands in a Big War, a docudrama series for youth was nominated as Best Program 2014 at the Gala of the Golden K's, the Flemish Awards granted by youth channel Ketnet.

Details

Scriptwriter

All 8 episodes

Maarten van der Duin

Director

Matthias Zirzow
Nicole van Kilsdonk

Producer

NTR
Looks Film & TV

Broadcaster

NTR
BBC/MG Alba
ARTE Germany & France
Cwmni Da
SRF
S4C
UR

Period

2012-2013

Duration

8 x 30:00

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