The screening of GIRLS ROCK! At Komedia was a little unusual compared to our normal screenings. Firstly, we were actually showing the film in a proper cinema rather than our more alternative venues! And secondly, this was the first time we had screened a film aimed specially at kids and teens.
The subject matter of the film couldn’t have been more relevant. Just a couple of weeks after actress Emma Watson’s game-changing speech on feminism at the UN, it felt like the right moment to be watching a film where girls talk about the struggles they go through everyday because of their gender. Issues of feminism don’t receive enough attention and so we felt it was important that Pop Up Docs included a film that addressed this topic. And it was great to see so many Dads and even a few boys turn up too. As Watson points out, feminism should be as inclusive and open as possible – and fathers, brothers and men in general should feel comfortable in calling themselves feminists.
We’re always taking a bit of a step into the unknown with each Pop Up Docs event we do, but this one was particularly unique in that it was so specifically targeted at a young audience. We needn’t have worried though as we had more people than we anticipated turn up and fantastic feedback from the event. Even the mums and dads seemed to connect with the subject matter and we came away wondering why we hadn’t done a screening for under 18s before!
One of the simplest answers to this though is that there are so very few films aimed at kids or that address issues that are specific to children and teens. Documentary already has a reputation for being for niche audiences at prestigious film festivals. The genre isn’t often deemed relevant for the masses, let alone younger generations. So it was refreshing to be able to show GIRLS ROCK! – a film that hopefully will bring a wider audience to the genre. It would be great to do the same sort of event next October half-term… so please keep the suggestions coming for what to screen!