by Reporting Staff
The 2011 French film “Tomboy” will be shown at 7 p.m. today in Elon University’s Global Commons. The showing will include a discussion led by Elon human service studies professor Aleks Babic.
The film is being shown as part of Elon’s Global Neighborhood Film Series. Elon’s Global Neighborhood opened as a student residential complex in 2013, aimed at promoting global education and living-learning communities. The series’ films selected for the current academic year are focused on examining gender and sexuality across cultures.
Directed by Céline Sciamma, “Tomboy” tells the story of Lauren, a 10-year-old French girl with short hair and stereotypically boyish interests. When the child’s family relocates to a new neighborhood, Lauren is mistaken as simply being one of the boys, and assumes the identity of “Mikael” among her new friends. In a non-superficial manner, the film explores childhood relationships and gender confusion
Elon political science professor Safia Swimelar chose the film as part of the series.
“I selected Tomboy because it is a superbly written and shot film that captures the complexities and nuances of a childhood, that does not fit prescribed gender norms,” Swimelar said. “There are not many films that look at gender in childhood, and especially not ones that are so well done and not overly exaggerated or clichéd.”