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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Ability to express who you choose to be. Acceptance for who you are by others. Support and empathy from family and friends about your decisions.
Positive Role Models
Parents, siblings, and friends of Sasha, who is biologically a boy, are supportive of the child's decision to be a girl. They use pronouns "she" instead of "he" and seek a medical certificate from a health care professional who declares people should consider Sasha to be a girl. Sasha engages in ballet classes for girls, shops with family to buy girls' clothing.
Sasha is a biological boy who wants to be a girl. Cross-generational team of health care professionals who are women. BIPOC individuals are shown in the background of various film scenes.
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Violence & Scariness
Mentions of bullying, insults, threats, and pushing people.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Images and mentions include gender dysphoria, puberty, fertility, pregnancy, miscarriage, sperm, testicles, and partial child nudity (Sasha gets out of bath and has on her bottom underwear and is in process of getting dressed and towel-drying her hair).
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Word "pee-pee" to describe a penis. Disparaging phrases include "freak show," "idiots," "piss you off," and "shove it."
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Products & Purchases
Representations includes clothes shopping, apparel with logos and messages, computers, smartphones, and toy collections.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking scenes and references to hormonal treatments.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Girl is a French-language documentary about a young child, born with a penis, who identifies as a girl and wants her gender identity to be accepted and supported by others. Images and discussions include gender dysphoria, puberty, pregnancy, miscarriage, and partial child nudity (Sasha gets out of the bath and has on her bottom underwear and is in the process of getting dressed and towel-drying her hair). Language includes the word "pee-pee" to describe a penis, and disparaging phrases such as "freak show," "idiots," and "piss you off." Positive messages include the ability to express who you are, acceptance of others' differences, and support from friends about life decisions. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Award-winning LGBTQ+ documentarian Sébastien Lifshitz carefully captures the challenges faced by a family working to support a child as her gender identity becomes clear. "I did wonder if it was all my fault, wanting a little girl so badly that this happened," Sasha's mother says emotionally at one point. Adds Sasha's father, "I'm not a dad insisting he'll be a boy. I want Sasha to be happy." And both parents are supportive of their daughter being able to be exactly who she is. Sasha, however, endures emotional pain and sheds tears over the prejudice shown by classmates and teachers regarding her identity. But she remains brave with the support of family and friends. "Sasha is here," says her mother, "perhaps to help change people's attitudes. And I'm here to help her." Little Girl proves to be a positively insightful film that will aid kids, parents, and others interested in the issues faced by those who are transgender.
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