Why Can’t A Princess Be A Role Model For A Six-Year-Old Boy?

 

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All princess needs a knight in shining armour, and all princes are heroes that boys should aspire to be.

Rey, a father with two young children is confronted with an earth-shattering realisation: his six-year-old son Jojo is not the type who imagines himself as a prince, and that his daughter Malaya is offended that princesses are only co-stars in fairytales.

They’re in a blacked-out living room, hanging out with two of his pals and babysitting while his wife is away. He’s retelling of a Singkil fairytale of the Philippines, and his children re-imagined the story the way they wanted it to be.

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It has the same cast, but the heroes and heroines have different roles. His pals begin to worry that his son isn’t seeing the prince as a preferred role model in the fairytale.

The tension rises when his pals confront him for not intervening or disciplining Jojo, or setting him on the straight and narrow. Between the grown men, the argument almost escalates into a fistfight.

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The lights were out that night, but in the shadows, something else came to light.

Watch ‘The Boy Who Dreamed Of Being A Princess’ by Drew Stephens (Philippines, US) on Viddsee:

Drew’s short film screened at queer & LGBT film festivals worldwide, and was awarded at the following festivals: Cinema Diverse Palm Springs Festival Favourite, San Francisco Scary Cow Filmmaker Member’s Award, Winner Barcelona International Film Awards Castell Award Winner, Mexico International Film Awards; Silver Palm Award Winner.

Watch another coming-of-age short film, Knighthood, about a young girl and her discomfort about wearing her first training bra.

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