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Synopsis: Whilst wrestling with an eating disorder, a young Arab Australian woman desperate to “Be Good” gets ready for an estranged friend’s birthday party. When a phone call with her mother throws a spanner in the works, she struggles to remain in control.

Language

English

Run Time

12 minutes

Director's Statement

‘Be Good’ is inspired by my own personal struggle with an eating disorder. I wrote and shot it during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Being isolated in quarantine reminded me of the confinement I felt whilst in my eating disorder. It is a powerful illness that keeps its sufferers hidden and alone.

As an Arab woman, I noticed that the representation of eating disorders on film and TV is very slim. It moved me to create a film following a Middle Eastern woman who’s defining characteristic isn’t centered around her race but rather, centered around her mental health.

In sharing this story I hope to raise awareness around the violent nature of eating disorders, mental health as it relates to a woman of color and the danger in glorifying diet culture. I hope to help someone suffering silently recognize themselves on screen and know they are not alone.

Production Year

2021

Official Website

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@begoodthefilm

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