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Girl Gang & aftertalk (ENG)

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During the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam the organization has teamed up with FLOOR! For this event we are going to screen the personal documentary Girl Gang by Susanne Regina Meures at Kriterion. The film follows the life of the German influencer Leonie and her family and shows their life not only online but also offline. Being an influencer is many a teenager’s dream, and it all seems so easy—you shoot a couple of videos a day, use some clever tags, and the followers, freebies and cash come pouring in. But as Leonie’s followers increase by the thousands, the pressures and stress grow.

Program

  • Screening Girl Gang (98 min.)
  • Aftertalk (20 min.)

Location

Kriterion - Roetersstraat 170, 1018 WE Amsterdam

Costs

Students only pay 5 euros for a ticket.

Synopsis

Being an influencer is many a teenager’s dream, and it all seems so easy—you shoot a couple of videos a day, use some clever tags, and the followers, freebies and cash come pouring in. But although this portrait of 14-year-old Leonie from Berlin is framed as a fairy tale, appearances can be deceptive. Statistics on the relationship between teenagers and influencers—“48% of surveyed teens feel closer to their social media idol than their real friends”—put the world of Girl Gang in context.

Initially, Leonie’s family is delighted, because this red-haired girl with an open, freckled face seems to have struck gold with her spontaneous content. Her parents set themselves up as her managers, but as Leonie’s followers increase by the thousands, a screaming horde of teenage girls follow her wherever she goes, and she attracts one sponsor after another, the pressures and stress grow. “I’m trapped in Leo’s world,” her mother sighs at one point. The division between work and private life is gone, the list of products to be promoted seems endless. Can they ever get the genie back in the bottle?

About Lola

Earlier, we put out a call for a moderator. From all the responses, Lola was chosen.

Lola Bessa is a student at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, studying Creative Business in the faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries. Within the studies her main focus has been journalism and storytelling. Lola has gained experience with public speaking while she was a member of the university Central Representative Advisory Council. Besides her studies, she works at the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant as a social media editor.

Follow Lola on Instagram.

Gepubliceerd door  FLOOR 7 november 2022

Datum

Startdatum 17 nov

Tijd

15:00 - 17:00 uur

Locatie

Filmtheater Kriterion

Roetersstraat 170

1018 WE Amsterdam