26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Gabi, Between Ages 8 and 13
Gabi, Between Ages 8 and 13
Gabi, Between Ages 8 and 13

Gabi, Between Ages 8 and 13

director: Engeli Broberg
original title: Gabi, mellan åren 8 till 13
country: Sweden, Norway
year: 2021
running time: 79 min.


Gabi doesn’t fit into the boxes created by society. She doesn’t see much difference between boys and girls. She dresses and expresses herself as she likes, despite gender norms, finding support and understanding from her mother Tracy and stepfather Thomas. However, after leaving liberal Stockholm and moving to a smaller town, she learns that not all people are equally understanding. With the onset of puberty, she also loses her understanding of the collective and her own body. Over the course of five formative years, this time-lapse documentary juxtaposes intimate everyday moments into a sensitive portrait of a child leaving the world of play in search of identity and acceptance.

„In the beginning I knew I didn’t want it to be a sensational film. I wanted it to be about small moments in a young person’s life…for me it was important to make a film that was an exploration and a journey and that I let Gabi speak for herself.“


Swedish director Engeli Broberg turned to dance and acting after studying theatre school in Paris. Then she fell in love with film and started making short films and web documentaries, mainly about people looking for their place in a society that does not fully accept them. Her feature debut Gabi, Between Ages 8 and 13 premiered at the CPH: DOX festival in Copenhagen.

more about film

director: Engeli Broberg
producer: Anna J Ljungmark
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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