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FILM REVIEW: My Skinny Sister

My Skinny Sister (Sanna Lenken, 2015)

It’s sadly all too common for women in Western society to experience body image concerns. In a culture where thin is in, and beauty is everything, girls are taught to hate their bodies from early on, with severe cases resulting in the onset of eating disorders. Writer and director Sanna Lenken suffered from anorexia nervosa during her adolescence, and witnessed the effect this had on her parents and younger sister. Feeling that this aspect was sorely lacking in fictional onscreen accounts of the disorder, she wrote My Skinny Sister, a fictional portrayal told from the perspective of the younger sister of a teenage girl suffering from anorexia. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: My Skinny Sister

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FILM REVIEW: How to Dance in Ohio

How to Dance in Ohio (Alexandra Shiva, 2015)

The too-cool-for-schoolers can relax; this isn’t a Glee spin-off. It barely even features any dancing. Alexandra Shiva has dealt previously with the arts in her 2006 documentary, Stagedoor, which detailed the experiences of teenagers at theatre camp. In How to Dance in Ohio, she documents preparations for a social dance, organised for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: How to Dance in Ohio