Teenage-hood is a universal stage in life. In our digital age, what role does social media play during that coming-of-age phase?
The 18-year-old protagonist of Social Me, Nya, introduces us to her ‘APPSified’ world as she takes a critical look at how social media influences her self-definition, both online and in real life.
Writer/director: Katia Café-Fébrissy
Producer: Dominic Desjardins
The inception of Social Me came to me when, one day, my own teenage son told me that he felt virtually ‘naked’ without his cell phone. And so did his friends apparently from what I could see when they were together!
As a parent, I could not relate to such fascination for a screen because things were different in my younger days. Hence, as a filmmaker, I embarked on a quest.
I wanted to understand what teenagers were doing online since they seemed to be glued to their phones 24/7. I also asked myself whether social media could be serving another purpose beyond chilling with friends online – something like a digital rite of passage.
When I met Nya – 17 at the time – she gave me a glimpse into what teenage-hood in our digital age was all about. Through her journey, my own perception evolved.
My vision for Social Me is to spark conversation between teenagers and their parents in an era driven by hyper-connectivity where face-to-screen interactions are becoming more matter of fact.
About Katia Café-Fébrissy
Award-winning bilingual writer and director Katia Café-Fébrissy aka “Kafé” is based in Toronto.
She recently completed a documentary entitled Mes réseaux et moi (Social Me) which was produced by the National Film Board, broadcast on French CBC/SRC and screened at the 2015 International Francophone Film Festival of Acadia (FICFA).
Social Me has also been selected to the 2016 International French Caribbean Film Festival of Guadeloupe (FEMI).
Katia is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, and the SARTEC Francophone Writers Guild of Canada, and holds an MA in literature and languages.
Currently, she is working on the development of a drama series for a TV network in addition to writing a thriller novel with the support of the Ontario Arts Council.