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MYSELFIE

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MYSELFIE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 12-18
50 minutes
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MYSELFIE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
The German documentary mySELFie is an honest portrait of a young girl and her friends as they begin to discover who they are. Social media plays a large role in finding yourself and coming of age and Maya and her friends are perfect representations of every growing child we see on the streets. This film manages to tug on the audience's heart strings as it shows us how it feels to grow up different.

mySELFie documents a young girl named Maya who has a fare disease that causes her to become completely hairless. It examines her trials as she goes through a journey of self-discovery. Through friends, social media and interactions with her atypical family, we see Maya begin to blossom.

The film is driven by its unique cast. When something we can all relate to is captured well on film, it deserves recognition. Self-discovery is awkward, but beautiful; the film represents these moments eloquently. The film is well shot with interesting camera angles that slowly reveal what is going on. The film follows Maya through local places she frequents which helps the audience experience the authenticity of her lifestyle and relate to it. Maya looks different from other kids, but represents every growing child. The coming of age process is awkward for everyone. Maya displays this awkward time with such likability. My favorite scene is when the girls are so excited to go to the lake. They ride their bikes and chat all the way there, but once they arrive they lay on the beach towel, silently scrolling on their phones. After finishing the film I found myself interested in researching more about alopecia.

The film reminds us that people we perceive as different are actually just like us.

I give mySELFie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Learning self-love is an important journey during any stage of life. This film's dialogue is in German with English sub-titles. This would make a wonderful film to play in a festival that focuses on differences we all have. Reviewed by Stephanie O. KIDS FIRST! Juror.

The German documentary mySELFie is an honest portrait of a young girl and her friends as they begin to discover who they are. Social media plays a large role in finding yourself and coming of age and Maya and her friends are perfect representations of every growing child we see on the streets. This film manages to tug on the audience's heart strings as it shows us how it feels to grow up different.

mySELFie documents a young girl named Maya who has a fare disease that causes her to become completely hairless. It examines her trials as she goes through a journey of self-discovery. Through friends, social media and interactions with her atypical family, we see Maya begin to blossom.

The film is driven by its unique cast. When something we can all relate to is captured well on film, it deserves recognition. Self-discovery is awkward, but beautiful; the film represents these moments eloquently. The film is well shot with interesting camera angles that slowly reveal what is going on. The film follows Maya through local places she frequents which helps the audience experience the authenticity of her lifestyle and relate to it. Maya looks different from other kids, but represents every growing child. The coming of age process is awkward for everyone. Maya displays this awkward time with such likability. My favorite scene is when the girls are so excited to go to the lake. They ride their bikes and chat all the way there, but once they arrive they lay on the beach towel, silently scrolling on their phones. After finishing the film I found myself interested in researching more about alopecia.

The film reminds us that people we perceive as different are actually just like us.

I give mySELFie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Learning self-love is an important journey during any stage of life. This film's dialogue is in German with English sub-titles. This would make a wonderful film to play in a festival that focuses on differences we all have. Reviewed by Stephanie O. KIDS FIRST! Juror.

At the age of 12 Maya lost all of her hair. Within a couple of weeks she turned completely bald. The diagnosis: Alopecia areata. It causes Maya's body to reject every single hair like a foreign object. Two years later she has gotten used to her baldness. But during summertime it's too hot to wear a wig or a hat. Then, Maya feels naked, and she asks herself: How do others perceive me? Am I alright the way I am? Am I beautiful? Almost like a way to provide the answers, Maya takes lots of selfies, just like her friends. And somewhere in between swiping, liking and sharing, the girls are growing into young women.
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