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This shorts program shows us the importance of knowing and accepting ourselves and the strength of character required to stand up and proudly be who you are. Remember, you are perfect just as you are.

For Ages 11-14 | 72 minutes | Presented in English, nonverbal and original languages with English subtitles

Themes: Empathy, support, identity, acceptance, inclusion, gender/sexuality spectrum, gender roles and nonconformity

This program contains: Mature themes, bullying, physical and/or emotional conflict, gender identity

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York.

ACCESSIBLE SCREENING: Films in this program are captioned or subtitled for the hearing impaired. 

Hairy Beast

When a girl in ballet class comments on her hairy arms, the newfound insecurity begins to consume 12-year-old Lada. Despite her mother's disapproval, she decides to shave. But her older sister intervenes, reminding her how important it is to love and accept her body. Having learned this lesson, Lada returns to class with her head held high.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    14 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    World Premiere
  • Rating
  • Note
    THEMES: Personal Qualities/Validation/Self Worth
  • Director
    Wai Sun Cheng
  • Screenwriter
    Zlatina Pacheva
  • Producer
    Wai Sun Cheng, John Alviz