9 1/2 min / narrative / 2020 / Australia
Kira, a bright and stylish young woman living with Down syndrome, compares herself to social media influencer, Chantal. Her life appears to be everything that Kira’s isn’t.
After Kira is met with discrimination by prospective employers while interviewing for jobs via Zoom, she is ill-advised by her support worker to change her online profile to get her foot in the door.
When Kira goes against her gut and then gains success, this only feeds into her negative self-image. She reaches out to social media influencer Chantal, seeking advice on how to lose weight, however Kira finds out that Chantal is not what she appears to be.
With the realization that the beauty standards she has been trying to emulate are both unrealistic and damaging, Kira begins her journey of self-acceptance by revealing her true identity to her new employer.
Sam has a passion to be a dancer, but is too shy to realize her dreams. When Peaches (her magical inner-diva-cum-drag queen) materializes on one night, Sam’s dreams transform into reality.
Daisy waits in a bar for her online date – he is late. A man offers her a drink and she mistakes him for the date who has stood her up.
Tom holds a secret in his human heart; a wing beat and a flutter, and it’s bursting to take flight in this tale of magical realism.
Lou may have Down’s Syndrome but she is more than capable of looking after herself and she longs for independence.
A teenage girl who feels left out and ignored by her peers, is inspired to do something audacious in order to get noticed.
A playful and unsentimental portrait of Rene, a young man with Down syndrome, made by his close friend Duane Graves.