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Watch Pebbles, the premiere film of the Second Annual KQED Homemade Film Festival. This animated short is written and directed by Nathania Zaini.

Zaini says about Pebbles:

"On September 16th I was admitted to the hospital for a few days. It was an eye-opening experience, to say the least. I witnessed the tough work environment that nurses have to endure first hand, tending to too many patients, not having enough sleep, working past their work hours, sometimes not even getting a proper meal or bathroom breaks, or breaks at all, for that matter.

Patients add on to the burdens too, asking for too much, being impatient and hostile, not knowing that their nurse is tending to 5 other patients at the same time.

I made this animation as a small way to show my admiration and gratitude to the healthcare workers. I can’t imagine being in their shoes, the mental toll that lingers after the end of their shifts, on top of their personal issues.


2020 was designated as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife."

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Director Bio:

Nathania Zaini (Nia) was born in Indonesia. She enjoys all methods of creating, depending on the story she wants to tell.

Often driven by creative impulses, Nia uses art as a way of cataloging life. At times unpolished and rough, she strives to document the fleeting moments of inspiration.

Nia has lived in Singapore, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Although she’s done many different things, she’s always been anchored in storytelling. Nia graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2019 with an MFA degree in Stop Motion Animation. She’s currently based in Los Angeles and keeps herself occupied working on illustration, animation, and embroidery.

Credits for Pebbles

  • Nathania Zaini // Director
  • Randolph Zaini  & Nathania Zaini // Writer
    Taylor Westerfield // Sound Designer
  • David Mulgado // Music