26 September 2023

Embrace: Kids

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Writer/director: Taryn Brumfitt, Transmission Films.

“The first step in changing the world is changing your own mind.”

An enriching feature documentary for school-aged kids, Embrace: Kids is a film by Taryn Brumfitt (Embrace in 2016) which brings together a vibrant collection of stories from young people and famous friends alike, who share their experiences about body image, bullying, gender identity, advocacy, representation and more.

She is also talking to famous friends including Celeste Barber, Jameela Jamil, Electric Fields, along with Chico the family dog.

This is time to entertain and inspire kids and parents alike.

According to the internationally recognised body-image advocate, speaker and best-selling author from Adelaide, Embrace: Kids is the next step in “our” Embrace journey.

“In recent years I’ve been sent thousands of messages pleading with me to make a film like Embrace, but for kids. Recent studies suggest that body image is the no.1 issue affecting our children and we want to be part of the solution.”

“It’s alarming and heartbreaking that kids are being held back by how they feel about their bodies. Imagine giving kids the tools to move, nourish, respect and enjoy their bodies instead. Embrace: Kids explores the relationship children have with their bodies, why so many boys and girls hate their bodies and what we can do about it. The film covers topics including social media, photoshopping, ‘fitspiration’, the influence of media and advertising on body image and role models.”

Embrace: Kids is a vibrant, accessible and entertaining documentary which explores the many factors that come together to create and shape our self-image. At the heart of the film is ‘Embrace Kids Headquarters’, a workshop in a warehouse space where a group of kids aged between eight and 14 discuss issues that are important to them including social media.

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