BLUE GIRLS BURN FAST
One of my all time favorite feminist activists is Amandla Stenberg. She first really came into the maintream spotlight as Rue from The Hunger Games. With a newfound fame, she was able to speak out about intersectional feminism on a public platform. One of her favorite videos of mine is one that she did about cultural appropriation: Don't Cash Crop On My Cornrows. I knew what cultural appropriation was but in the same way that I could recognize chemistry terms from seventh grade. This video by Stenberg actually helped me understand the concept in a way that I could also look at new situations and determine what was cultural appropriation and why it was important. As I learn more and more about intersectional feminism and human rights, I'm still stumbling and making mistakes along the way, but each time that I read an interview from Stenberg or one of her blogs or see a video of hers, I walk away with a new understanding of myself and the world around me.
In turn, I was obviously super excited and hardcore fangirled when I saw that she would be going to NYU for film school at the same time that I'll be moving there to start my job.
More importantly, the point of all of this is to tell you about the short film she just produced. The film is called Blue Girls Burn Fast (scroll to bottom of page link for full video). The film focuses on a main character, Andy, a foster teen, who is navigating romance, life, and school. The film is thought provoking and beautifully made. Its flawless view of fluid sexuality promotes the idea that varied sexualities should be normalized aka this film handles sexuality how all films should in 2016 and in the future. The film moves through a variety of scenes, characters, emotions, and topics in a way that makes you walk away with questions about how we talk about and respond to a variety of different issues and situations. I have much praise for this film and the role that it plays in our society. I know it's eighteen minutes of your day, but trust me, it's more productive than scrolling through instagram or watching netflix reruns of Gossip Girl.