FACETS 37th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival

SEVENTH GRADE (School Feature)

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SEVENTH GRADE (Feature Film)

Synopsis: The documentary film “Seventh Grade” follows Zahra, Nilani and Nora throughout their final year at elementary school. They live in an area in Oslo, Norway, with the highest level of poverty and social challenges. Through stories about close friendship, loneliness, the big closing party before school finishes, soccer dreams, we learn the personal challenges of these girls. Daily classmates and neighbors, the girls have normal fears – why isn’t my friend since kindergarten wanting to hang out anymore? Another girl is super shy – when can she find confidence to share her feelings and talents to others? Facing not only normal coming-of-age circumstances, they must also face racial confrontation, hate crime against them, and coming to terms with their identity – are they Norwegian, are they Muslim – can’t you be both? An empathetic look at three girls that goes to a deep level, characters who through uncompromising honesty and strong presence learn about daring to trust one self and finding your own way

Content Advisory: This film contains Mature Themes.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    77 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic, Norwegian, Tamil with English subtitles
  • Country
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Anne Silje Bø, Sunniva Sundby
  • Producer
    Beathe Hofseth