Age of Exploration

Age of Exploration

3 Episodes

Young women navigate the fraught terrain of adolescence in these richly immersive coming-of-age snapshots that touch on issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Haley Elizabeth Anderson’s lyrical, atmospheric short PILLARS evokes the world of a girl growing up in the American South as she experiences a series of awakenings—some blissful, others brutal—after she receives her first kiss. Half a world away, on the outskirts of Paris, a teenager undergoes a similarly rocky journey toward finding herself in Céline Sciamma’s compassionate, unflinching GIRLHOOD, which captures the rapturous highs and crushing lows of female friendship.

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Age of Exploration
  • Haley Elizabeth Anderson on PILLARS

    Episode 1

    This new interview was recorded in 2020.

  • Pillars
    Episode 2


    Episode 2

    Directed by Haley Elizabeth Anderson • 2020 • United States
    Starring Kadence King

    One Sunday at church, twelve-year-old Amber experiences her first kiss, a moment of innocence that triggers a series of awakenings: sexual, emotional, and religious.

  • Girlhood

    Episode 3

    Directed by Céline Sciamma • 2014 • France
    Starring Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh

    Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects, and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes he...