Elena “Ladybug”

Irina Botea (RO 2005, 8:00 min)

Elena dances accompanied by her band in Bucharest, Romania, in a transitional space in between 2 blocks of flats. People pass by. Is she a woman, or a child? Is she powerful or powerless? Are her movements sexy or innocent? How do we see her knowing that she is a little girl? Moral panics regarding the sexualization of children might trigger adults to label Elena as ‘too sexy, too soon’. But who are we as adults to label the beautiful dance moves of a talented little girl having fun?

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