Six filmmakers show how it was to grow up in the last two decades. Building your own self-image with the peer pressure to be thin but not anorexic. Fighting against yours and your parents’ fears. Having the shelter of imagination when nothing else protects you. Reclaiming your own path to womanhood. Taking your place in the society while learning not to talk about the bullying you experience. Re-imagining your childhood and the disappointments your parents gave you. And seeing that you survived, you grew up.
We were way too young
We were way too young is a personal documentary film that takes on the subject of gender roles and sexual harassments in elementary schools. Through interviews with old teachers and the shared experiences from the kids in school, the director Milla Löjdström, emphasize the narrow roles we all have to play everyday while at the same time telling a story about herself, growing up in the outskirts of Stockholm. Country: Sweden Time: 14.26 min Production year: 2015 Name of director: Milla Löjdström
Nina is a beautiful animated story of a timid boy and a woodland girl who are both connected and separated by fear. They develop a strong bond which becomes almighty in their fantasy world. But as friendship turns to love, fear arrives, and has an unexpected form. Overcoming fear and finding a common journey will not be easy. It will be difficult. Country: Slovakia Time: 17.02 min Production year: 2014 Name of director: Veronika Obertová & Michaela Čopíková
Your parents buy a video camera. You are born. 1990 to 2004 all mixed up. Memory mixtape is the intimate story about a family, filmed very close through the lens of an old video camera. Country: Finland Time: 20.15 min Production year: 2015 Name of director: Hanna Kaihlanen
Agnes is between the ages of becoming a woman. Instead of a Christian ceremony in the shape of a confirmation, Agnes choses to make her own rite of passage. The rite of passage leads her to a sexual journey with the goal, that she will lose her virginity to her big brothers best friend Tristan. Country: Denmark Time: 13.38 min Production year: 2014 Name of director: Emilie Marloth Frøkjær
What grows out of pink
Moa do not fit into any of her friends clothes, they are too big. Her friends convince her that she has anorexia. Moa has never gotten so much attention, compliments and confirmation before and begin to enjoy the new illness. What grows out of pink is a film that in a subtle way problematizes the issues regarding the building of a self-image, peer-pressure, and first encounters with ideals of beauty. Country: Norway Time: 9.28 min Production year: 2015 Name of director: Sunniva Eir Tangvik Kveum This film is A-marked and has passed the Bechdel test.
Julie is new in the neighbourhood and follows Rebecca, the girl-next-door, to play in her secret Kingdom at home. In The Kingdom you can eat as much candy as you want, play endlessly and stay up late. But when trolls come screaming, The Kingdom does not feel like a safe place anymore. The dragon is secretly on its way to tear The Kingdom apart. Kingdom tells the story of a child’s perception of difficult events, when your imagination become the only weapon against the dangers outside. Country: Denmark Time: 12.28 min Production year: 2014 Name of director: Paulina Witte This film is A-marked and has passed the Bechdel test.
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