Fairy Tales Film Festival 2018, Calgary Queer Arts Society,
Youth Queer Media Program
For the study of youth in cinema, we, as scholars, must always remind ourselves
that most images we analyze are created by adults representing youth,
not by youth representing themselves. As such, they represent an idea of
youth—a memory, a trauma, a wish. They are stories these adults tell themselves
about what they need youth to be in that moment. Coming out
becomes the singular narrative of queer youth, and positions adulthood as
a safe and stable destination after escaping the traumatic space of adolescence.
The stories in these films provide important moments for adult queers
to “feel backward” (2009: 7) as Heather Love says, and to process the pain
of a queer childhood. And for young people exploring their sexuality, these
stories are essential for at-risk youth who feel hopeless, trapped, or alone.