Film: Girlhood (2014) Bande de filles (original title).
Girlhood reveals a paradox at the heart of identity: Assuming a role and having people respond to it can be fun and immensely empowering but we pay for that pleasure by surrendering our autonomy and slotting ourselves into a system that wishes us nothing but harm.
We are hard-wired for collectivity and cannot help but seek spiritual sustenance in friendship, family, and work but the economics are never as straightforward as they appear.
Girlhood goes further and presents this fluidity as a survival trait.
Retain your autonomy, retain your capacity to change and re-invent yourself from top to bottom lest society pin you down and extract compliance through the rationing of happiness.
Marieme is a figure both heroic and tragic in that she refuses to surrender her autonomy and responds to every closed door and thwarted possibility with an act of radical re-invention.
Growing up is not about becoming the person you were destined to be, it’s about learning to take responsibility for the person you need to become.
Girlhood (2014) – The Economics of Identity | Ruthless Culture
“Where’s the dream? Wanna tell me where my dreams are? You need to wake up. You’re going nowhere. Nowhere.”
– Bande de filles / Girlhood (Céline Sciamma, 2014)