Little Big Girls

Little Big Girls

                                Little Big Girls
| 52 min

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In this feature documentary, director Hélène Choquette sheds light on the phenomenon of early-onset puberty in girls. Today, it isn't unusual to see the earliest signs of puberty in girls younger than the age of 9, though this was not the case a few decades ago. A number of causes are suspected: could obesity and exposure to environmental contaminants, for instance, be to blame? The physical, psychological and psychosocial repercussions on young girls results in a disconnect between their physical and emotional maturity. Far from being a marginal issue, early-onset puberty is fast becoming a worldwide public health concern. Little Big Girls alerts us to the need to adapt, as a society, so as to minimize the impact of this phenomenon on our children.

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Little Big Girls, Hélène Choquette, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • writer
    Hélène Choquette
  • director
    Hélène Choquette
  • director of photography
    Joël Provencher
  • editing
    Mélanie Chicoine
  • sound recording
    Olivier Léger
  • animation
    Élise Simard
  • original music
    Jérôme Minière
  • narration
    Angela Galuppo
  • participation
    Laurence Boulanger
    Sandrine D'Amours-Licatesse
    Virginie D'Amours-Licatesse
    Julie Garand
    Marie-Michèle Hamel
    Anik Magny
    Michèle Rouleau
    Camille Rouleau-Mailloux
    Éve-Marie Roy
    Marie-Audrey Roy
    Frank Biro
    Céline Huot
    Anders Juuls
    Caroline Leblanc
    Heather Patisaul
    Line Tremblay
  • scientific advisor
    Donna Mergler
  • research
    Micheline Bélanger
    Hélène Choquette
    Nancy Marcotte
    Heidi Miller
  • assistant director
    Julie Aubé
  • assistant camera
    Jean-Michel Lacasse
  • additional sound
    André Boisvert
  • animator
    Brigitte Archambault
    Fred Casia
    Eva Cvijanovic
    Élise Simard
  • production assistant
    Sophie Dupuis
    Jacob Svarre Jorgensen
    Meghan Radford
  • technical coordinator - shooting equipment
    Steve Hallé
  • makeup artist
    Audray Adam
  • English voice
    Sara Bradeen
    Stefanie Buxton
    Holly Gauthier-Frankel
    Heidi Hawkins
    Jessica B. Hill
    Lisa Moore
    Patricia Summersett
  • casting
    Kathleen Fee
  • voice director
    Kathleen Fee
  • voice recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • translation
    Vision Globale
  • technical support - editing
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • sound editing
    Daniel Toussaint
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • marketing manager
    Geneviève Bérard
  • marketing manager - assistance
    Catherine Benoît
  • administrator
    Sia Koukoulas
  • production coordinator
    Hélène Regimbal
  • administrative assistant
    Perrine Bral
    Sophie Dupuis
  • technical coordinator
    Richard Cliche
  • associate producer
    Mélanie Lasnier
  • producer
    Nathalie Cloutier
  • executive producer
    Colette Loumède

  • duke21

    Yes this is definitely a problem that needs to be tackled. it is robbing little girls and parents of precious childhood moments. As a teacher of grade 6 for the past 22 years I have always taught about maturation/puberty issues but have never spoken too much about earlier blooming other than the scripted info I am expected to cover. This is food for thought and if I could get a good source of info (like maybe this film) for teaching then I might be more inclined to approach the subject. One needs to keep in mind though that if this subject is to be taught in schools then it needs to be done earlier, like grade 4. I feel it's worth teaching though and speaking to girls about due to the dire consequences of not knowing/understanding their bodies. I shudder to think what could potentially happen to a little one if she were abused and the ramifications of that on her life.

    duke21, 12 Jun 2014

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