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Seen & Heard

Celebrating the young women who are reclaiming their coming-of-age stories in cinema.

This collection showcases authentic coming-of-age portraits while exploring snapshots of growing up in different cultures across the globe. Some of these stories are extreme, others are completely grounded in everyday realities for young women. Here there are no mean-girl cheerleaders, precocious Lolitas or magical makeovers, just searing, realistic portrayals of complex, adolescent young women experiencing the intense pleasures and pains of growing up.

- Kimberley Sheehan, season programmer.

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RafikiRafiki

Drama201883 minsDirector: Wanuri Kahiu

Romantic sparks fly between the daughters of two opposing politicians in Wanuri Kahiu’s neon-bright story of forbidden love in Kenya.

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PapichaPapicha

Drama2019108 minsDirector: Mounia Meddour

As the Algerian Civil War unfolds, a group of determined young women come face to face with a new, dangerous reality.

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La MifLa Mif

Drama2021110 minsDirector: Fred Baillif

A gripping drama of girls living in residential care that bristles with rare intensity and dangerous energy.

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Summer 1993Summer 1993

Drama201798 minsDirector: Carla Simón

An outstanding debut feature charting the emotional journey of a six-year old girl in the aftermath of her mother’s death in early 1990s Spain.

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A Bagful of FleasA Bagful of Fleas

Documentary196243 minsDirector: Věra Chytilová

Věra Chytilová's 'fictionalised documentary' uses non-actors to portray girls' lives in the cotton mills of Náchod.

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SouadSouad

Drama2021102 minsDirector: Ayten Amin

Double lives and double standards in Egypt, as a teenage girl contends with religion and social media to define herself.

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TomboyTomboy

Drama201182 minsDirector: Céline Sciamma

Tender drama from Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Girlhood) about a ten-year-old child exploring a new gender identity.

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LadyworldLadyworld

Thriller201894 minsDirector: Amanda Kramer

Welcome to Ladyworld, a shadowy dwelling where tensions run high and nothing is ever quite what it seems.

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Me without YouMe without You

Drama2001103 minsDirector: Sandra Goldbacher

Anna Friel and Michelle Williams star as two troubled girls whose tumultuous friendship takes many twists and turns.

Claire Marie Healy, creator of Girlhood Studies on AnOther Magazine, selects six films inspired by the Seen & Heard season.