I løpet av den siste uken har Oslo/Fusion Film Festival funnet sted på Cinemateket i Oslo. Skeiv Ungdom har som tidligere år stilt en ungdomsjury. I år bestod den av Magnus Sekkelsten, Maja Celiné Eriksen og Christer André Gudmundsdottir. Vi hadde 9 filmer å bedømme og kom til slutt frem til to favoritter vi måtte velge mellom.
The 2016 youth jury award was a though choice for us, two movies were with us to the end and we debated these two for a long time. We would thereby like to begin by giving an honorable mention to Arianna.
Arianna gives us a unique view by showing a personal perspective of what it is like growing up and discovering something isn’t right about your body. It highlights the troubles and confusion that comes with being intersex and having this kept from you.
The winner deals with similar issues. It’s about being young and coming of age in a body that doesn’t quite fit. The movie gives us insight to several perspectives of being transgender and coming to terms with your own identity. We get to experience issues and thoughts from people going through it, and the people around them.
We get to see the valuable support that comes from good friends and a supportive family. We also see the negative impact when those close to you are unable to accept who you truly are, and the strong bond that can be formed when people do understand.
The movie deals with several serious issues, but the energy and positivity of the main characters helps us realize that things get better with time. It’s an important subject and one that will help more youth with discovering and understanding themselves. We believe this should not only be seen by as many as possible, but also understood and ideally be part of school curriculum.
The 2016 Youth Jury Award goes to: Real boy.