Program 3

Youth is the most impressionable period of our lives. Even under normal circumstances, it’s anything but an easy time. One is expected to conform to ideals of beauty and gender roles — or to rebel against them. But what happens if the most fundamental certainty in one’s young life as well as one’s relationship to one’s parents suddenly turns out to be a lie? It’s also hard to imagine waking up and living amid the turmoil and horrors of a civil war. Using cinema to cope with this exceptional situation is difficult, but it succeeds here: sometimes in sober realism, sometimes in poetic animation.

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