Barb Taylor

2008, 13:10 minutes, colour, English (with some Spanish)


Alex (short for Alejandra) loves soccer, the colour red, and playing the trumpet. The other kids think those are “boy” things and tease her mercilessly. After running home in tears, her mom reassures her that she is great just the way she is.

Tomboy is a colourful animated 14-minute video for children. Featuring actors Athena Karkanis, Alex Castillo and Sandi Ross, it is a great vehicle for children to explore gender expression, bullying and diverse experiences. The colourful visuals are complemented by the moving music of Alejandra Nunéz.

Scriptwriter Karleen Pendleton Jiménez was shortlisted for a U.S. Lambda Award for the original book
Are You a Boy or a Girl? Tomboy has received the CBC Canadian Reflections Award, Jury Award for Best Animation at the Chicago Reeling Festival, and Best of Festival at the Austin Women’s Film and Literary Festival. Filmmaker Barb Taylor received the Jury Award for Up and Coming Toronto Film Maker at the Inside Out Film Festival 2008.

Tomboy has also won a KIDS FIRST! Best Award! See link for a full list of winners:

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