By Domenico Onorato

With Francesco Aricò, Alfano Salvatore, Cristina Cappelli

Italy | 2018 | 15
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The short film Twice is the story of Diego, an introverted 17-year-old forced by his best friend Antonio to prove his virility until he is tragically confronted with the choice to commit violence on a girl. Twice is a film against gender violence, bullying and homophobia.

Diego is 17 and is full of life, yet fragile. His best friend Antonio knows and indulges his weaknesses, but he would also like to see him strong and masculine. One night they meet Maria, a breezy natural beauty. To show that he is a “real man”, Diego, is ready to do anything, even to force himself to do things he would never have wanted to do.

Twice is the story of a boy who, in order to prove to his best friend that he is a real man, goes so far as to hurt a girl. In the world of two teenagers, it is unthinkable that a real man is still a virgin at seventeen. If that is the case, the condemnation: ‘you are a faggot’.

Twice he tells us how, in order to fight violence against women and bullying, it is necessary to go through gender identity education: it is gender stereotypes that lead to machismo, homophobia and violence. At seventeen you are fragile, insecure, and everything is a matter of life and death.

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