transgender children / gender identity / family / mother and daughter
7-year-old Sasha has always known she was a little girl, even though she was born a boy. As society fails to treat her like the other children her age - in her daily life at school, dance lessons or birthday parties - her supportive family leads a constant battle to make her difference understood and accepted.
It's relatively recent that the diagnosis of gender dysphoria, in which is the distress a person feels due to a mismatch between their gender identity and their sex assigned at birth, has changed to a new kind of criteria opposed to the previous diagnosis as a psychiatric disorder. In 2013, the fifth edition of 'Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders' (American Psychiatric Association) detached the word of disorder from its criteria. Similarly, a recent revision of the "International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems" (WHO) notes transgender as a status rather than the previous disorder. However, despite the medical understanding to stop stigmatization, there are persistent difficulties due to the time lag in institutional and social acceptance. "When I grow up, I'll be a girl," Sasha started telling her mother when she was three years old. Her mother told her it was impossible, and she cried her heart out. //Little Girl/ portrays Sasha's family who tries to understand and support her, and her school where the principal and others have a hard time accepting her as a girl. The film records the process in low contrast and chroma in a shallow depth of field using a large aperture. Happiness and harmony have not yet arrived in this dim documented world. [HWANG Miyojo]
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Sébastien LIFSHITZ was born in 1968 in Paris, France. After studying art history, he began working in the world of contemporary art in 1990. He then turned to filmmaking and directed his first feature in 2000, Come Undone, hailed by the critics and released internationally. His first documentary feature, The Crossing, premiered in Cannes (Director's Fortnight 2001), followed by fiction feature Wild Side in Berlin 2004 (Panorama 2004 / Teddy award).
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