Little Girl: Sébastien Lifshitz’ French Docu

Directed by Sébastien Lifshitz
Opening Night Film of 2021 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema (March 4, 2021)
LITTLE GIRL, directed by French master Sébastien Lifshitz, is the first documentary to open the annual Lincoln Center series “Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.”
Music Box Films is planning a 2021 Fall release.
Embedding for a year with a family in rural northeastern France, Lifshitz’s poignant and film follows Sasha, a seven year-old child who has known she was a girl since the age of three.
As her second-grade teachers and school principal refuse to accept her gender identity, Sasha’s unfaltering and loving mother Karine confronts dismissive school administrators and, alongside her supportive father and siblings, helps Sasha on her journey of self-determination.
Lifshitz dwells equally on Sasha’s everyday life outside of school, following Sasha and her mom to appointments in Paris with astute child psychiatrists who validate Sasha’s experiences. With great sensitivity and empathy, Little Girl chronicles the life of Sasha and her family as they strive to reclaim an ordinary childhood while capturing the social stigmas that persist around gender dysphoria.
Born in Paris, Sébastien Lifshitz studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre.
Besides three fiction films, Come Undone, Wild Side, and Going South, with Léa Seydoux, he has mostly worked in the documentary genre often focusing on French queer experiences.
His first feature-length documentary, La traversée, premiered in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight; three of his films (Teddy Award winner Wild Side, Bambi and Little Girl) were selected for the Berlin Film Festival.
Invisibles won the 2017 César award for Best Documentary.
His last film, Adolescents, is nominated for four César awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Documentary.
In 2019 the Centre Pompidou in Paris organized a retrospective of Lifshitz’ films and photography.
Running time: 85 minutes.
Directed by Sébastien Lifshitz. Produced by Muriel Meynard. Cinematography by Paul Guilhaume. Editing by Pauline Gaillard. An Agat Films & Cie production.
A Music Box Films release.
Official Selection: 2020 Berlin International Film Festival