Always Amber

Australian Premiere


Director Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen
Country Sweden
Language Swedish with English subtitles
Runtime 74min
Year 2020
Genre Documentary / Non-binary, Genderqueer, Transgender

Berlinale, Mezipatra, Hot Docs

“An uplifting, rebellious gender twist on identity and teenage friendship. The filmmaking choices give agency: the protagonists take back their narrative. Doing so, they offer something the filmmakers alone wouldn’t likely have been able to do: provide unrestricted access and precious insight into the lives of young and happy non-binary people. The result of their combined effort is poignant and decidedly inspiriting.” — POV Magazine

Amber is a 17-year-old teen. Together with best friend Sebastian, the two queer youngsters share a world far away from the judging eyes of society. When they are together, anything feels possible. We get to hang out with Amber and Sebastian during this identity building period, when they share everything from dreams and parties to new friendships. But when Amber falls in love with Charlie, something starts to challenge their utopian world. Trust issues begin to emerge, and in the midst of it all Amber has to face going through their transition alone. In Always Amber, we get a unique insight into a new generation.