Gabi just wants to be Gabi–a noble quest for any young person trying to stay true to themselves–and yet it’s not always as easy as it sounds. From as young as 8 years old, Gabi asserts the astute observation that there is no remarkable difference between boys and girls, the difference seems to be the way boys are treated in comparison to girls. During these five formative years, debut documentary filmmaker Engeli Broberg patiently peers into an intimate world, as if a fly on the wall of Gabi’s gender evolution. As the years go by, Gabi feels less and less at home in the two genders on offer and must come to terms with how the world will see and treat them. A delicate portrait of a thoughtful young person, with a supportive family, as they navigate the mounting expectations of identity within the gender binary.
Themes: gender identity, family, friendship, breaking the binary, building confidence, community
Advisory: Some strong language, a child reflects on being bullied and called derogatory names
Feature film recommended for age: 10+