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by Inka Achté


Teenager Ved comes from a violent home in the Mumbai slums. When he joins a project aiming to foster healthy masculinity, he begins to realise there may be a brighter path for his future than the one paved by his abusive, controlling father. One of Ved's mentors is Harish, a gentle man in his 50s who has dedicated his life to abolishing toxic masculinity. Through the support Ved gets, he takes his first wobbly steps into adult life while developing an unlikely new passion: dancing. Boys Who Like Girls is a coming of age story set in the aftermath of the infamous 2012 Delhi gang rape and the rise of the #MeToo movement. The world is in the midst of furious discussion about gendered violence and what it means to be a man. Will Ved's generation of boys be the first that actually likes girls?

international title: Boys Who Like Girls
original title: Miehen Malli
country: Finland, Norway, India
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Inka Achté
film run: 82'
cinematography by: Riju Das, Malini Dasari
film editing: Lívia Serpa
music: Jørgen Meyer
producer: Liisa Juntunen
production: napafilms, UpNorth Film, One Eyed Turtle Films (IN)

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