To get excited about the everyday and unique experience of a trans childhood.
Direction: Sébastien Lifshitz Original title: Petite fille Country: France Year: 2020 Release date: 3-12-2021 Genre: Documentary Script: Sébastien Lifshitz Photography: Sébastien Lifshitz Synopsis: documentary about Sasha, a French trans girl who tries to understand why the world doesn’t want it to be what it is.
The best: the disarming conviction of little Sasha.
The worst: a minimal note about the French legal context is missing.
Much of the filmography of Sébastien Lifshitz, director of Adolescentes (2019) or Bambi (2016), moves along the most invisible margins of the queer experience. With her new documentary she takes us into the daily and particular life of Sasha, a 7-year-old girl who affirms herself as a girl despite the fact that she was assigned the male sex at birth.
The Frenchman accompanies Sasha and her family in ordinary moments and others more intimate without being intrusive at any time. With great delicacy he manages to assemble a militant lm in which no slogan is proclaimed or theories discussed. Lifshitz’s argument consists of putting the camera at the level of Sasha and showing it in her day to day of her being an ordinary girl who, however, faces concrete challenges and inadmissible discrimination. Splendid in this sense, the observational sequence of the distribution of costumes in a ballet class.
Finally, Una Niña also ends up claiming love, that of Sasha’s mother and the rest of Sasha’s family, as the primary engine of any transformative activism.
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