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To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the NFB is streaming Diane Obomsawin’s new animated film I LIKE GIRLS for free on Facebook on February 16, 2018!

This wonderful 8-minute film celebrates identity and love, and all the awkward emotions that walk hand-in-hand with relationships. I LIKE GIRLS has won prizes at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, as well as the Best LGBT Film Award at the New York Short Film Festival.

THE FILM

First love is an intoxicating experience, but with it can come excruciating awkwardness, unrequited emotions, and confusing issues of identity. In her trademark playful style, Quebec cartoonist and animator Diane Obomsawin, a.k.a. Obom, adapts her latest graphic novel for the screen, using endearing anthropomorphic figures to tell poignant real-life stories of love. Charlotte, Mathilde, Marie, and Diane reveal the nitty-gritty about their first loves, sharing funny and intimate tales of one-sided infatuation, mutual attraction, erotic moments, and fumbling attempts at sexual expression. For them, sexual awakening comes hand-in-hand with discovering their desire for other women—and a joyful new self- awareness.

In her trademark playful style, Quebec cartoonist and animator Obom, adapts her latest graphic novel for the screen, using endearing anthropomorphic figures to tell real-life stories of first love. For the female characters in I Like Girls, the awakening of their desire for other women comes hand-in-hand with a deeper understanding of their personal identity and a joyful new self-awareness. Obom’s visually whimsical stories deftly weave together these youthful memories, resulting in a powerful and tender work with universal appeal that will resonate with lovers everywhere.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Diane Obomsawin, better known as “Obom,” is a Quebec cartoonist and animator of Abenaki descent. Her work was first published in the late 1990s by L’Oie de Cravan, a small Montreal publisher specializing in works of poetry. In 1992, she directed her first acclaimed film, launching a long and prolific career. A master of storytelling and framing, Obom has made a name for herself worldwide with her uniquely naïve, minimalist style and her distinctive creations: human characters with animal heads. Ever striving for simplicity, this multidisciplinary artist depicts humanity in a profoundly perceptive and earnest way that’s both captivating and bewitching. I Like Girls, the highly anticipated animated adaptation of her latest comic book, marks the eighth collaboration between this talented filmmaker and the NFB.

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