Those We Care About
Care can look like many things; gestures of concern, meeting someone’s needs, protecting those we love at the expense of something sacred. Depicting the ways we attempt to find and expose healthy and unhealthy approaches to expressing interest, love and care, these films are sure to provoke vital conversations about human rights and human connection.
Themes: LGBTQ+, gender identity, Black experience, Indigenous dance and tradition, consent, sexual assault, whiteness friendship, politcal theory and practice
Advisory: contains mature themes and images
Recommended for grades 8-12
Note that the following films feature non-English dialogue with subtitles: Pulling in the Belt, Drifting
Ribadit (pulling in the belt) was a tradition in the sámi village Guovdageaidnu. Two elders from the community explain what the tradition was and what it meant to them as young people. Orchestrating this fun and lighthearted ritual of flirtation, director Elle Sofe brings this bygone tradition to life with sámi youth and dancers wearing traditional clothing.
Reflecting on the current events of Black Lives Matter and the killing of George Floydd, a handful of young people discuss where the movement for Black liberation stands at this current moment; and asks how we got to this point as a society and where we might be going.
When Cassandra inadvertently witnesses a drunken encounter between friends, she is compelled to investigate. This poignant and provocative work raises important questions about consent and identifying predatory behaviour.
In the near future, cities are crowded, nature is sparse, and children attend school in hyper-realistic virtual reality. Marion, a teenage girl escaping a stifling home life, falls in love with another student, but can’t be sure if her feelings are real or if this is part of the simulation.
China’s one-child policy left many devastating effects. To protect their son, Yan’s family hid his sister in the countryside and disguised Yan as a girl. Later in life, Yan is treated as an outcast by the townspeople and struggles in a conservative world in which his gender is thought to be confusing. He longs to see his sister and the only escape from this suffocating social order is drifting in his father’s old taxi.
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