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In a world of fixed positions and prescribed roles, expanding the definition of gender requires the courage to dive deep into understanding and acceptance. Christina Willings’ documentary Beauty explores the lives of five gender-creative kids, each uniquely engaged in shaping their ideas of what it means to be fully human. Claiming your own sense of gender when everything around you insists that you comply and conform can be challenging, and sometimes scary. But luckily, family and friends are there to help.

Free-flowing animated elements, ranging from images of octopuses to astronauts, draw together the kids’ shared experiences in beautifully rendered fantasias that celebrate the power of imagination and the flourishing force of self-determination. Playful, goofy, loving and brave—each of these remarkable kids has found their own way to break free and show the world what it really means to be your true self.

2018, 23 min 20 s

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Documentary Social/Political
Festival de film de Yorkton
Du 23 au 26 mai 2019, Yorkton - Canada

Kathleen Shannon Award
Festival de film de Yorkton
Du 23 au 26 mai 2019, Yorkton - Canada

Most Inspirational Short Film
Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families
Du 7 au 13 avril 2019, Vancouver - Canada

Best Short Documentary
Providence Children's Film Festival
Du 15 au 28 février 2019, Providence - États-Unis

Audience Choice Award
Reel Pride Film Festival
Du 9 au 14 octobre 2018, Winnipeg - Canada

Honorable Mention
Fusion FIlm Festival
Du 19 au 23 septembre 2018, Oslo - Norvège

People’s Choice award for Best Short
Out on Screen - Queer Film & Video Festival
19 août 2018, Vancouver - Canada

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