KIDS FIRST! Film Festival/Hawaiʻi

YOU DO YOU NO MATTER WHO: PART 1 (9 films•Ages 8-18)

Expired February 22, 2022 9:45 AM
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8 films in package
(Ages 8-18) Benjamin Giroux, a 10-year-old autistic boy from New York, wrote a poem called "I Am Odd" for a school project. The poem went viral and inspired this song using Ben's lyrics. A talented young 2D animator, Rory Russell, was approached to tell Ben's story in a simple animated music video to help raise autism awareness.
(Ages 8-15) Because of his Asperger's, Charlie struggles with team sports, but has found he loves surfing and dancing. We follow Charlie through ups and downs at surf camp.
(Ages 8-18) This is a film about learning to have positive thoughts about ourselves and how self-perception is so important to our mental health.
(Ages 8-15) Ole's friend Benni has Down syndrome. But that never bothered Ole...until the big swimming leisure time is approaching and the other children in the club don't want Benni to come with them. Now Ole has to choose one side.
(Ages 5-18) The healing power of human-canine connection in combatting anxiety and isolation for people of all ages, through the lens of mounting mental health crisis in teens, overcoming learning disabilities. and isolation during covid.
(Ages 12-18) Rockland Relay follows Rachel, a young girl whose parents move her across the country just as she is about to start high school.
(Ages 10-18) This is a film about the diverse nature of beauty and learning to accept yourself.
(Ages 14-18) Damián suffers bullying from his classmates because of their suspicion about his sexual orientation.
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9 films • 1h33m • Ages 8-18

With artistry and humor, short films about building bridges and finding common ground across differences.

Damián suffers bullying from his classmates because of their suspicion about his sexual orientation. Unable to defend himself, he tries to overcome this situation alone, as Agustín and his band increase their hostility. Bullying scales and continues through the social networks, when bullies post a video of Damián and Sebastián, who has a crush on Damián, after forcing them to kiss each other. While watching the video, Damián suddenly recognizes himself through other eyes, as he stares at Sebastian´s picture of him. Damián regrets having rejected Sebastián, and finally realizes that the only way out, is through. After suffering a new and more humiliating attack, Damián decides to face his fears and let his feelings flow.

Juror comments: Inside Out presents a modern coming of age story relatable to the youth of the 21st century. In just 13 minutes, the film portrays the colliding of the four worlds all teens must navigate in the age of technology: school, family, themselves, and social media. Viewers will feel every emotion, and anyone who has been marginalized in their lives will resonate strongly.

The film follows teenage Damian as he navigates adolescence when his classmates bully him and another boy for being gay. Viewers witness his struggles to maintain his studies and interact with family as he wrestles with the complexities of not conforming to hetero-normative standards of the world he grows up in.

The story is modern and very relatable for this day and age when teenagers are no longer just dealing with school and home life, but the world of the Internet. Although the world is becoming increasingly progressive, Inside Out shows how difficult it still is for those who identify as LGBTQ+.

The camera work enhances the emotions in a way that feels natural but very clear. Viewers are with Damian, not watching him. The reversing, use of focus, and handheld camera style make the events feel close and personal, rather than something being presented to an audience.

The costumes are simple and not distracting. The school uniforms are true to the time period and setting. Like costumes, the sets and locations are simple and not distracting. They are relatable and do the job. The background music is well embedded in a way that maintains the ambiance and does not break the fourth wall. Damian and the bully's actions stand out as poignantly emotional in ways that will touch the audience. The camera work also plays a significant role in Inside Out. The film has a rough, "handmade" feeling, but is professional enough to be taken seriously. The director tells a story and tells it well. It does not feel like a beginner film and executes the message thoroughly in a short period of time.

Inside Out is a heavy but hopeful film for any teenagers that may struggle with their identity in adolescence.

I give Inside Out 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 14 to 18, plus adults. It is a modern story that needs to be told. It would play in any festival that focuses on LGBTQ+ or educational films. Reviewed by Joy P., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

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  • Director
    Teresa Martino
  • Screenwriter
    Alejandro Campos
  • Producer
    Teresa Martino
  • Cast
    Majo Staffolani