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I WAS ALWAYS ALEX is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 13-18
6 minutes
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I absolutely recommend this film because it is a well crafted documentary. The story is uniquely told through visuals and interviews. The ending really is self explanatory and I love how the director leaves you with thoughts before the credits roll. The documentary is simple but impactful. The title really sums up what the story is about. It's very direct, but at first glance, it doesn't really mean anything. The film definitely adds meaning to the title. I think younger kids would not be able to put all of the pieces together because you have to listen closely. The most important dialogue is at the beginning and if you miss it, you will not understand the ending. The story makes sense although I watched it twice to get the full meaning because I wasn't paying attention to the beginning the first time through. I love the simplicity of this and it definitely left me speechless at the end. I watched it full screen and I was able to see everything very clearly. The cinematography isn't anything outstanding but the shots capture Alex's character perfectly. I love the song that is in the background. I can't imagine any other song replacing it. It's a documentary so all of the locations and costumes are where Alex's family live or wore. This subject touches on a topic that I think older kids and adults can really identify with. Alex is not a normal boy because, in scientific terms, he is technically a girl. The documentary defines normal and shows how Alex is a unique kid wanting the same things as other normal kids. Recommended for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Shelby R., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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