Trailer for the third film in the series: Becoming Johanna.
What happens when your child changes gender? Two Short Films, One DVDWatch Trailer
The Youth and Gender Media Project consists of two short films that capture the diversity and complexity of gender nonconforming youth. In The Family Journey, parents and siblings relate their transformations from denial to acceptance and finally to celebration around supporting and nurturing their courageous children. I’m Just Anneke tells the story of a gender fluid twelve–year–old girl who’s taking hormone blockers that delay puberty so she can decide if she wants to be male, female, or somewhere in–between, when she grows up. The Youth & Gender Media Project provides students and educators with unique tools to explore critical questions about gender identity and family acceptance, and are ideal for discussions about bullying and inclusiveness.
I’m Just Anneke (12 MIN) is a portrait of a 12-year-old girl who loves ice hockey and has a loving, close-knit family. Anneke is also a hardcore tomboy and everybody she meets assumes she’s a boy. The onset of puberty has created an identity crisis for Anneke. Does she want to be a boy or a girl when she grows up, or something in between? To give her more time to make a decision, her doctor has put her on Lupron, a hormone blocker that temporarily delays the hormones of adolescence. Despite rejection by her friends and struggles with suicidal depression, Anneke is determined to be true to herself and maintain a gender fluid identity that matches what she feels on the inside. I’m Just Anneke takes us into the heart of a new generation of children who are intuitively questioning the binary gender paradigm.
The Family Journey: Raising Gender Nonconforming Children (14 MIN) charts the emotional and intellectual transformations parents and siblings must make in order to successfully nurture their gender nonconforming family members. In frank, vulnerable interviews, families from all over the country speak about the power of love and acceptance to help their unusual children thrive. They also come to realize that loving a gender nonconforming child, in the face of ignorance—and sometimes—hostility, has turned them into more compassionate human beings.
I’m Just Anneke is winning, inspiring, and insightful.
Washington City Paper
Skurnik captures Anneke’s wonderful personality on film, and shows that a little parental understanding and love can really change a child’s life.
Recommended! Jonathan Skurnik’s two short films compiled here revolve around kids who don’t conform to conventional gender roles.
Highly Recommended. These short documentaries created by award-winning producer and director Jonathan Skurnik would be excellent additions to collections in transgender studies, parenting, and child development.
Sarah B. Cornell, Daniel Webster College
Educational Media Reviews Online
I’m Just Anneke was the most hopeful short in the whole screening.
OutFest, LA's LGBT Film Fest, Audience Award Winner
Media That Matters Film Festival, Change Maker Award Winner
Sebastopol Film Festival, Critics Award Winner
SilverDocs Film Festival
Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival
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