It’d be easy to feel sorry for Anneke: She’s a 12-year-old girl who was diagnosed with depression at age 4, and who has always had trouble making friends. Oh, and she’s uncertain about her gender identity and is taking Lupron, a drug that suppresses the hormones of adolescence, in order to buy some time as she decides whether to stay female or transition to male. “I just want to stay how I am right now,” she says. “A tomboy sort of thing.” She can’t stay a tomboy forever, but you almost forget her challenges when you encounter her supportive family. Her mother, concerned about winning the approval of others all her life, views her daughter with awe: “She lives the consequences of not fitting in.” For Anneke’s father, raising her is the best of both worlds: “People sometimes ask me, ‘You’ve got two girls, think you’ll try for a son?’ I’ve got a son—I’ve got Anneke.” Just like its title character, I’m Just Anneke is winning, inspiring, and insightful.
Screens with Regretters at 6:15 p.m. at the Discovery HD Theater; also on Sunday, June 27, at 11:15 a.m. at AFI Silver Theater 2.