"Artists are at the forefront of revolutionary change because they help us imagine, in ways words cannot, where we want to go." - Angela Davis, May 2013
About this film
Val's short erotic film titled "The Way We Are" tells the story of a young woman who overcomes the shame and fear around sex that growing up in a patriarchal society perpetuates. From her mother, she is taught that women need to reserve themselves for the someone who is willing to commit emotionally to a relationship; and that is “the way women are.” From her father, she has learned to be cautious of men who usually only seek mindless sex and have their misbehaviors dismissed because that is just “the way men are.”
"The Way We Are" aims to highlight the hypocrisy in this way of thinking, and, ultimately, demonstrate the power that a positive, honest, and communicative sexual experience can have on young people’s ideas about sex—and reveal how beautiful and healthy sexual exploration can be.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY
MADISON YOUNG & VAL ELEFANTE
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY