Sweet 16 Documentary Viewing and Discussion
On January 24, 2015, the Diabetes Unit at BC Children’s Hospital, in partnership with JDRF and Young and T1, hosted a screening of Sweet 16 for their 13-18 year old patients and their parents.
Sweet 16 is a feature-length documentary delving into the complexities of teen diabetes. Filmed over 5 years in Canada, USA and Ecuador, the film chronicles the highs and lows of teens dealing with a devastating Type 1 diagnosis at such an important crossroad in their life. Some stories are tragic, others are hopeful. The main protagonist, Katia, who receives news of her diagnosis on the eve of her 16th birthday, takes us on a journey into the inner-world of teens, which is all about fitting in, body image, and ultimately issues of belonging. The film goes well beyond the simple question of diabetes; it invites the audience to engage in the universal story of growing up and overcoming one’s personal demons. Sweet 16 is a story of personal redemption; suggesting how one can come to accept and eventually thrive against all odds. View the trailer HERE.
Katia and Dan Shannon (star & producers of Sweet 16) flew in to Vancouver from Montreal to share their journey in making this film and fully participate in the day’s event. Following the screening of Sweet 16, Katia Shannon and trained YT1 facilitators, gathered with the youth in attendance for a 2 hour discussion in which they were given a chance to ask questions and reflect on the film.
We sincerely thank the Carleigh Rae LeClair Memorial Fund and the Coquitlam Foundation for a grant to support this event.
Check out the most amazing day we had with Katia, the star of Sweet 16!