Sweet As

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Sphere Films International
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Winner of the NETPAC Award at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and based on a true story, this coming-of-age drama follows Murra, a 15-year-old Indigenous teen with a troubled family life, as she discovers independence, companionship, and stability while on a photo safari for at-risk youth in Western Australia. —M.G.

Capturing someone else’s story—through words, a melody, or a camera lens—is the easy part. For young Murra, an Indigenous Australian girl with a troubled homelife, capturing her own is the real challenge. When she apathetically embarks on a youth retreat, accompanied by three other teens struggling with their own traumas and circumstances, Murra remains closed off…until the trip guide puts a camera in her hands. Tasked with exploring Australia’s awe-inspiring backcountry through the art of photography, Murra not only uncovers the pristine beauty of her ancestors’ land, but also dares to see herself and her future in a fresh light. A unique coming-of-age story beautifully shot against the backdrop of Australia’s natural wonders, SWEET AS brings adolescence into focus, no filter included. —A.B. 

Teen-Friendly Films
Indigenous Cinema
Only at Playhouse Square
International Narrative Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing By a Woman

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