After screening at nearly two dozen queer film festivals, the LGBTQ short film Sam has popped up online, and you can watch it in its entirety above.
Along with the online debut, director Sal Bardo has been chatting to Queerty, saying “I didn’t want to make a public service announcement, but instead try to draw the audience into this child’s world and see life from her perspective,” he says of the contemplative film. “I’m also really interested in exploring topics that I’m not all that familiar with, so I chose to make the character a girl confronting her gender identity, which is another issue that I think deserves more attention.”
He was inspired to make the movie after hearing about a spate of LGBT teen suicides, and wanted to add something to the conversation. The result was Sam.
The film follows a young girl who is bullied and beaten for looking like a boy, which results in her trying to make difficult decisions.