Marking the start of Pride Month, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is delighted to announce the online release of Christina Willings’ multiple award-winning short film, Beauty: Beyond Binary.
The film was shot in Delta, Langley and Montreal and features the Delta families of Bex Mosch & Kutrina Mosch-Shumuk, and Tru Wilson.
Beauty explores the lives of five gender-creative kids, each uniquely engaged in shaping their ideas of what it means to be fully human.
In a world of fixed positions and prescribed roles, claiming your own sense of gender can be challenging and sometimes scary. Free-flowing animated elements draw together the kids' shared experiences in beautifully rendered fantasias, honouring and celebrating the power of imagination and the flourishing force of self-determination.
Willings (Chicks with Sticks, Cure for Love) was born in London, UK, raised in communities across British Columbia, and now calls Vancouver her home. She is a proud member of the LGBTQ2+ community.
The film is a multi-award winner.
Selected awards include:
Kathleen Shannon & Documentary Social/Political awards | Yorkton Film Festival (2019)
Most Inspirational Short Film in the 13-to-18-year-old category | Real 2 Real, Vancouver, Canada (2019)
Audience Prize |Reel Pride, Winnipeg (2018)
Best Short Documentary-Audience Choice | Providence Children's Film Festival, Providence, USA (2019)
Audience Award | Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2018).
The film is available to watch on the streaming platform at: www.nfb.ca and the NFB YouTube channel and is streaming free of charge worldwide and in perpetuity.