A documentary about being a tween is moving from being presented only online to having a screening at the Northwest Film Forum.

Being a Tween

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“Before”, a half hour documentary film about children approaching adolescence, features interfiews with elementary school students in the last days of fifth grade. They discuss how it feels to leave childhood and enter the intimidating world of middle school.

The film is by Seattle filmmaker Terence Brown. The students touch on their anxieties from bullies and gossip to more global fears of terrorism and gun violence.

Interestingly, the boys worry about the girls, and the girls about the boys. When asked about health class, students respond with comments about sex.

“Why do people do that?” `one boy asks. “Is that, like, a bonding thing or something? Wow. That’s just weird. Gross.”

Students were interviewed one at a time, looking directly at the camera, with thoughtful and sometimes poignant and funny answers.

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