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Children - Short Films + Q&A

  • De Balie, Grote Zaal Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen Amsterdam, NH, 1017 Netherlands (map)

12.00 | SHORT FILM PROGRAM | Children Shorts

The demand to conform to a binary gender system and a heterosexual norm prove challenging for children and youth who do not fit the mold. The short films feature young protagonists in the midst of self-discovery as well as rebellion toward the narrow societal attitudes toward gender stereotypes and sexuality.

In attendance of filmmakers Gizem Bayıksel and Lucas van der Rhee.


Shala + Q&A

João Inacío

Shala is the story about Pedro, a young boy living in an orphanage in the Amazon, who has a hard time being adopted because of several prejudices from adoptive parents. Pedro creates situations to draw the potential parents’ attention, while cherishing his imaginary friendship with his only toy, a doll named "Shala."

Country: Brazil
Year: 2016
Duration: 11 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: English

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Escaping Agra

Pallavi Somusetty

Non-binary college student Naveen chronicles their experience of being illegally detained by their parents in Agra, India after their gender and sexual orientation are revealed. Naveen gives a firsthand account of the tribulations they had to undergo in the quest to live a life they could truly call their own.

Country: United States
Year: 2016
Duration: 24 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: No subtitles

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I Don't Like Her

Javad Daraei

Eli is caught in crossfire between living out her true gender identity and her parents’ resistant attitudes. The constant taunts both at home and at school reduce her to tears, but she finds power within to fight back for her right of self-expression.

Country: Iran
Year: 2016
Duration: 20 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Persian
Subtitles: English


Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister)

Lia Hietala

Cleo joins her older sister Gabbi and her girlfriend Majken on a roadtrip to their summer cabin. During the trip Gabbi and Majken struggle to find out if Cleo is in love with a boy or a girl. A story about emerging sexuality and the ability to gain and lose trust for one another.

Country: Sweden
Year: 2017
Duration: 15 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Swedish
Subtitles: English

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Child's Play (Çocuk Oyuncağı

Gizem Bayıksel

Becoming an adult begins with moving out from your parents' house. While leaving the house, Derin hides an adult secret in the toy-box filled with her childhood memories. We step into adulthood sometimes voluntarily, sometimes involuntarily and it gradually expands with inevitable confrontations.

Country: Turkey
Year: 2014
Duration: 5 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Turkish
Subtitles: English

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Lucas van der Rhee


Elias doesn’t feel understood or seen in Ijmuiden where he works at the fishing tackle. He misses his parents after their departure for Turkey. When his brother, Kemal, rents their parents' bedroom, Tom comes to live with them. Seen first as an intruder, Tom turns out to help Elias in his journey to discover himself.

Country: Netherlands
Year: 2017
Duration: 13 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

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Earlier Event: December 8
Pera x IQMF The Party
Later Event: December 9
African Shorts + after talk