Gabi: Between Ages 8 and 13

Directed by Engeli Broberg2021Sweden/Denmark/Norway79 mins

Engeli Broberg’s impressive debut feature documentary follows Gabi, a kid who is not interested in fitting into the mold of gender norms, from age eight to thirteen. Gabi believes all genders should be treated the exact same, should play on the same sports teams, and should be free to wear whatever styles of clothing they want. But having recently moved from Stockholm to a smaller and much more homogenous town, the pressure to conform becomes more acute.

Broberg cultivates a sense of deep trust when documenting Gabi’s profoundly vulnerable preteen years. Formative moments such as the first time getting a short haircut, having a secret crush, and hitting puberty are presented with the care and compassion that matches their monumental emotional resonance in Gabi’s life. Framed as a letter to “future Gabi,” this five-year time capsule tenderly captures the uncertainty and the discovery of one’s preteen years through the eyes of someone earnestly and openly figuring out who they are.


Masks and proof of vaccination are not required for this screening.
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Original Language Title
Gabi, 8 till 13 år
Engeli Broberg
Sweden, Denmark, Norway
Running Time
79 mins
In Swedish and English with English subtitles
Streaming, Documentary Features, Fully-Subtitled Films
Program Note Writer
Celeste Wong
Commmunity Partners
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