The way bodies are presented to us across various media and cultural industries remains one of the most pressing issues for today’s youth. From the way we perceive ourselves to the way others perceive us, body image is permeated into the very fabric of our existence. This playlist will inspire discussion on important topics like body politics and representations of gender.
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Films in This Playlist Include
Tales of Ordinary Fatphobia
The Colour of Beauty
Sexy Inc. Our Children Under the Influence (Youth Version)
Staying Real – Teens Confront Sexual Stereotypes
Flawed is nothing less than a beautiful gift from Andrea Dorfman's vivid imagination, a charming little film about very big ideas. Dorfman has the uncanny ability to transform the intensely personal into the wisely universal. She deftly traces her encounter with a potential romantic partner, questioning her attraction and the uneasy possibility of love. But, ultimately, Flawed is less about whether girl can get along with boy than whether girl can accept herself, imperfections and all.
This film is both an exquisite tribute to the art of animation and a loving homage to storyboarding, a time-honoured way of rendering scenes while pointing the way to the dramatic arc of the tale.
What is fatphobia and what can be done to overcome it? With poetic illustrations and painful, compelling testimony, Tales of Ordinary Fatphobia offers multiple examples of the psychological effects of weight-based discrimination and bullying on adolescent girls. Download the mini-guide here.
Renee Thompson is trying to make it as a top fashion model in New York. She's got the looks, the walk and the drive. But she’s a black model in a world where white women represent the standard of beauty. Agencies rarely hire black models. And when they do, they want them to look “like white girls dipped in chocolate.”
The Colour of Beauty is a shocking short documentary that examines racism in the fashion industry. Is a black model less attractive to designers, casting directors and consumers? What is the colour of beauty?
This film is part of the Work For All series, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, with the participation of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
This short film follows a group of teenage boys eager to emulate the muscle-filled bodies of their media heroes. Revealing the lengths these boys are willing to go to achieve their goal, this film explores the use of supplements and the temptations of steroids. The boys relate their experiences, desires and motivations to the audience, who are left to draw their own conclusions.
The film is designed to provoke discussion among teenagers about body image and where lines should be drawn between healthy and dangerous behaviour.
This documentary presents two Canadian women of Asian descent who are contemplating eyelid surgery. Maria and Sharon, of Philippino and Korean heritage respectively, believe their looks--specifically their eyes--get in the way of how people see them. Layering their stories with pop culture references to beauty icons and supermodels, filmmaker Ann Shin looks at the pain that lies deep behind the desire for plastic surgery.
Are children being pushed prematurely into adulthood? Sophie Bissonnette’s
documentary Sexy inc. Our
Children Under Influence
analyzes the hypersexualization of our environment and its noxious
effects on young people. Psychologists, teachers and school nurses criticize
the unhealthy culture surrounding our children, where marketing and
advertising are targeting younger and younger audiences and bombarding them
with sexual and sexist images. These stereotypes treat girls of all ages as
sexual objects, and exercise a damaging the effect on their identities.
Because they see degrading images of sexuality on the Internet, some children
confuse sexual relations with pornography. Sexy inc. suggests
various ways of countering hypersexualization and the eroticization of
childhood and invites us to rally against this worrying phenomenon.
A documentary geared to 11 to 13-year-olds in which preteens and teens discuss the adverse effects of the sexual stereotypes they're bombarded with. They talk about how hard it is to develop their own personality and make friends when they don’t conform to media and advertising images. Produced in collaboration with the Montreal Women’s Y as a follow-up to Sexy Inc.: Our Children Under Influence, and directed by award-winning filmmaker Sophie Bissonnette, this film is a great way to kick off a lively discussion.