About the Film
Sadobabies shows the lives and orally transmitted folk culture of a group of homeless teens in San Francisco. Aged 14 to 17, they formed a supportive community on the streets after running away from physical and sexual abuse at home. "Sadobabies" captures the narratives, songs, and appearance of this cohesive group. Interviews, observational footage, and scenes in the vacant Polytech High School and other gathering places in the city were shot by Nancy Kalow using an 8mm camcorder over a two year period, 1986 to 1988. The documentary also shows the "sadobaby" dolls crafted by the teens. The runaways' abuse of their lookalike dolls mirrors the way they were treated by their parents.