From the mouths of babes and drunkards, you will learn the truth… One day before Christmas, 10 year old Aurora gets into conversation with Oddbjørn, a former actor who now spends his time drinking on the street. They talk about life, death and sweethearts as he prepares to read the Christmas gospel in church.
From the Mouths of Babes and Drunkards was nominated for the Prix Europa in 2016. It was produced by Kristin Heien, with technical direction from Merete Antonsen and coaching from Berit Hedemann.
Kristin Heien lives in Bergen, Norway. She is a director and scriptwriter at Pandora Film and a former journalist at NRK, the Norwegian Broadcast Company. Educated in film and TV production with a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Bergen. As an independent, she has produced several documentaries for the NRK.
On January 20, 2009, a woman and her two young daughters were found dead in their small apartment in the St. Pierre district of Marseille. The tragedy made the national news for a few hours. Working at the time on various radio programs coproduced by Radio‐Grenouille and ARTE Radio, three reporters from both teams decided to investigate. They went to meet people in the neighbourhood, family, school and community, who might have known Lolita and why she died. Six months of investigation resulted in Who Killed Lolita? (Or Qui a connu Lolita? in its original title) – an audio portrait of the negative space around the body of Lolita and her two children.
Who Killed Lolita? is part of our ongoing series of collaborations with RadioDoc Review – we’re featuring one of their articles on Who Killed Lolita? written by the radio producer Chris Brookes.
Who Killed Lolita? · RadioDoc Review
Who Killed Lolita? was a production for ARTE Radio and Radio‐Grenouille. The authors were Anouk Batard, Mehdi Ahoudig, Olivier Apprill, directed by Mehdi Ahoudig and the mix was by Samuel Hirsch. It won the Prix Europa for Best Radio Documentary in 2010.
Mehdi Ahoudig, author, sound director and filmmaker, creates soundtracks for theatre and dance companies and teaches radio documentary. A regular contributor to ARTE Radio, he has won the Prix Europa three times.