SOFT is a short film written and directed by Daniel Antebi.


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Sam –16, queer, and falling in love– struggles to untangle himself from his abusive martial arts coach.

Drama, Coming-of-Age, LGBTQIA+, Assault

7-minutes

 

















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SOFT was an official selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. The film is currently on Amazon Prime for a 10-day festival (ends May 6th) and on Mailchimp Presents SXSW Shorts (a partnership with Oscilloscope Labs). The short was created with the help of Sundance Institute. Sundance provided Daniel with the Sundance Ignite Grant and mentors like Ira Sachs and Andrew Ahn.

The film foccuses on how sexual assault affects queer identity and masculinity. The film is based on true events that Daniel experienced as a teenager. Last year, he began to explore this topic in an article for Teen Vogue’s award-winning wellness section. 



























O R I G I N







When I was 15, my martial arts instructor took advantage of me. He used my eagerness, respect, and trust against me. He made my skin crawl when he should have made me feel safe. He violated me. I hardened the tenderest parts of myself. I lost faith in my community, and I repressed my attraction to men. Thankfully, I have reclaimed my masculinity and queerness. I have found love – love untainted by assault. And, one day at a time, the ghosts of my past loosen their grip on me.

In 2019, I finally came forward. I wrote and directed a PSA on my experience, entitled Strength Speaks Up, for Teen Vogue's award-winning wellness section.

Click here to read the article.