by Laura Samani
In this essay, Laura Samani addresses the rich symbolism of the theme of adolescence as it appears in her short film La santa che dorme. She describes adolescence as an internal war waged between the desire to grow up and the fear of leaving behind the securities of childhood. Samani analyzes her own adolescent experiences under the watchful eyes of the Church and adults, and the double natured friendship/rivalries as they resonate in the short film. The author explores the experience of working on La santa che dorme as coming ‘full circle,’ realizing that she has left the world of adolescence and has become the ‘authority figure’ she once feared.
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