28 November 2020

Foreplay, the short film about sex education on high schools by director Anne van Campenhout, won another award. The 14th Lubin film festival in Poland gave the film a Honorable Mention in the competition Focus: Document. Foreplay premiered at IDFA 2019 and won a Special Mention for best youth documentary. This year the film was nominated for best short documentary at Cinekid. Foreplay was selected for The Best of IDFA on Tour as part of four award winning films. The film toured Holland throughout 2020.

“The most uncomfortable but also the most exciting subject for school kids has to be sex education. Foreplay shows what these classes are like at five Dutch junior high schools. The filmmakers focus on the reactions of the young teenagers, who snigger and make wisecracks, but also listen with curiosity, while the teachers generally take a cheerful, no-nonsense approach. They talk about genital anatomy, and the kids unroll condoms onto fake penises and pass on liquids in plastic cups to simulate STDs.

In interviews, the students answer questions like “Are you looking forward to it?”, and “Do boys realize if a girl doesn’t want to do it?” And what do they think about pornography? They also talk about sexting and sharing revenge porn. Many have no sexual experience yet, but they’ve undoubtedly seen it all online. They are often frank, sometimes surprising, and disarmingly naive and streetwise at the same time.” (IDFA)

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