Anywhere across the globe, you will perpetually be experiencing the same kinds of problems that have always bothered other youngsters as well. Honestly, the social and peer pressure that teens have to go through does not help in any matters possible insufferably. We often see teenagers being sucked into the abyss of the rebellious phase where they do things that the parents and teachers prohibit. They tend to make haste and hurried decisions at this phase because they have the gurgling desire to be independent and accessible without having older people pestering them over the choices they make for their future lives. Some youngsters may have succeeded in navigating their paths without help from exemplary figures, but many cases where the revolts die down in a few years. Most of the latter cases have happened due to their internal suppressed problems that the parents are not informed of. Most of these issues are the things most teens go through, and it can be too much for 13 to 21-year-old children to deal with.
Many teenagers are struggling with social problems, and depression is at the top of it all. A lot of things can trigger a young child to be vacuumed into the invisible darkness called depression. A depressive episode can be caused by bullying by same-aged schoolmates or seniors, unhappy households, abusive parents, racism, first-love, sexuality and friends problems. It is saddening that most youngsters have to undergo this traumatising stage. In helping to give needed guidance for these young hopes of the world, one of the ways we as adults can do is to stand along with them so they know that there are figures they can depend on. This is when coming of age films can go into the frame.
Not many people are specifically aware of the vitality of coming of age films. This happens because many adults tend to brush off teens’ rebellions and depressive occurrences as them being such hormonal-imbalance teens. This is such a flawed perspective and it must change right away because adults are supposed to offer a helping hand to those navigating, not judging them.
As awareness is needed to educate people and also reach out to many more strayed teenagers, coming of age films must be produced in wider and bigger lengths so we can promote inclusivity as well. The best aspect to focus on aside from the problems that are to be highlighted is the way the whole film is being recorded.
As teens, these days are more exposed to technology and other advancements, we need to keep up with their standards. Children do pay a lot of attention to the cinematography and the film’s aesthetic values. We can take Lady Bird (2017), Little Women (2019), Love, Simon (2018) and a lot more for examples. These brilliant coming-of-age films are aesthetically recorded. When they are brilliantly produced, everyone can see vividly how genius the portrayals are in many aspects such as the period of time, the emotions and the smallest details ever.
In Chile, there are surprisingly so many beautiful and aesthetically pleasing places that are worth going especially for filming purposes. Chile itself is just as warm and full-of-happiness kind of place, just like how teenage years should be. There are many tourist attraction places in Chile that can be accessed easily within a 2 hours drive. As people are going there for filming and a lot of equipment and a number of teams to tag along, planning for a location that has a variety of different phenomena can be helpful in cutting short the duration of filming estimation.
La Portada, Antofagasta
Spanish to English translated meaning of The Gateway, La Portada is considered as an officially natural monument in 1990 because of its pure arch located on the coast of Chile. The beach surrounding the arch is breathtaking and a lot of locals together with foreign tourists frequent this amazing attraction. There was marine erosion that has contributed to the composing of yellowing marine rocks and stones, and also 2 million-year-old shells. This place is truly suitable to be included in one of the comings of age film scenes. This perfect fit of aesthetics will absolutely enhance the colour of the film.
Rapa Nui – Moai
Moai which means statue is the biggest reason why everyone should be coming here and start doing filming here. Locals call it Rapa Nui and in English, it is referred to as Easter Island, is one of Chile’s long conservation projects and it is a world’s monument under UNESCO. The famously wide open space can be a great choice in filming a nature-themed coming of age. Also, Rapa Nui people refer to this beautiful place as Te Pito o te Henua which means the navel of the world. They thrive on the connection between nature and longevity. People of this island have their own specific rituals and traditions strictly practised by them. This can be a prominent example for teenagers to learn how to avoid being racists and cultivate love and respect instead.
Santiago Bahá’í Temple
Meaning ‘House of Worship’ from Spanish, it is located right in Santiago, Chile. The architecture of this temple is definitely the highlight of the visit. This can imply a deep appreciation of art that we have to instil in the younger generation’s mind. Despite it being a place of worship, it is still being made open for visitors of all religions. The architecture is rather peculiar as it consists of nine sides of walls and you can even find nine fountains, nice entrances and pathways all designed based on number nine. Having a film being shot here will help open teens’ eyes towards religious discriminations.
Direct guidance can never work on them because, at this age, no one really wants to admit things easily. The best we can do is to prepare for films that are battling almost similar to the same situations as many. Those who watch it can receive an abundance of help in manoeuvring what is ahead of them in terms of self-reflection and the best ways to overcome problems.