Programmed by Olivia Cooper Hadjian
With the help of a diagram, a little girl explains how space and games are divided in the playground, especially between boys and girls, and how this causes a daily problem for her. Despite her various attempts to solve it, she hasn’t found a solution, and what makes it even worse is the fact that no-one else, neither the adults nor the children, seems concerned. We learn about the subtleties of the geopolitics of public space on the scale of a school playground.
Confined to a fixed frame, the little girl talking here illustrates the power and limitations of speech. Words enable her to analyse the mostly male occupation of space and to decipher the reasons why girls struggle to take possession of it. But the soon the pencil lines that she uses to sketch a diagram of this geography fill her piece of paper, giving way to angry scribbles. Gender inequality is presented here as something that’s obvious from early childhood. The only question that remains is how to make oneself heard.
Olivia Cooper Hadjian
Member of the Cinéma du Réel Selection Committee, critic for Les Cahiers du Cinéma