Karidja Touré in Girlhood

Celine Sciamma’s provides a masterful piece of cinema with her third coming of age film “Girlhood”. The film immediately pulls you in with two opposing all women football teams facing each other on the grid iron, foreshadowing the heavy hitting events to come. Often coming of age films focused on women are giving a soft treatment of love, heartache, assault and victimization. “Girlhood” (while presenting these elements at times) is not at all totally dependent on them. Instead it reveals the harsh complexities and choices that many individuals face in their life while also championing the ideas of choosing and finding happiness and freedom within the confines of social stratification. Continue Reading