How 4 Teenage Girls View The Presidency — & Politics — Of Today
Susannah Joffe Beautiful Subtitled
Four teenage girls took what they’ve seen from the past year, and turned it into art. First up, 17-year-old Susannah Joffe’s film How You See Us, born out of a school field trip to Washington D.C. that happened to fall during President Trump’s inauguration. “We were visiting a national monument and there was a man in his mid-50s with a woman his age,” Joffe tells Refinery29 over the phone. “He looked at me, and he catcalled me. I’ve had people whistle and make noises at me before, but I’d never had someone say explicit sexual words to me until that moment.”
That incident triggered an emotional response — and a need to channel her anger into art. “I wanted to show my perspective on what’s going on in a new way,” Joffe says. “I made it for people who don’t understand what it’s like to be a girl in this society, especially with someone like Trump for president.” Audio of President Trump’s vulgar words is jarring against Joffe’s ethereal images of girls helping other girls, a visual rebellion against the idea of womanhood so often presented in media. Read Joffe’s full director’s statement below.
How You See Us
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