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Blog Post – New Winston Dialogues: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

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Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.)—himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured”—the center is built upon repenting for “same sex attraction.” In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane), and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit, Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family as they fight to survive.

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New Winston Dialogues joined us for a special screening of The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Following was a discussion led by Angela Mazaris, Founding Director of Wake Forest University’s LGBTQ center.

I want to first start by acknowledging that we watched something that dealt with some really hard themes and there may be folks sitting here for whom that watching this film was potentially a really deeply triggering experience. Whatever you need to do to care for yourself right now, please do that…

One of the things that really struck me in watching this movie is first that I am in my early forties, I am precisely the age of the characters in these films so for me, many of the cultural references are deeply familiar. For me, this film was so full of cultural reference, but also as a professional today who works in an LGBTQ center …and works with young people arriving at college that are having dealt with unsupporting families and traumatic experiences before arriving on my doorstep, I think a lot of the themes that the film talks about are still unfortunately really deeply relevant including the struggles that I think we see all the characters navigating around – understanding who they are in the world, how to make sense of these different pieces of their own identity, and how to trust the adults who are there theoretically to shepherd them toward some sense of healthiness and wholeness, to then the incredible feeling of betrayal when they realize that in fact, that’s not what’s happening. But let’s talk, I want to open this up to the room.

 

Q: …I was thinking about how she [Cameron Post] said, “how is teaching kids to hate themselves not emotional abuse?” I was thinking about how she had the language for that and how beneficial that is to be able to say, “I’m being taught to hate myself,” and understanding that as opposed to maybe kids who are in the same situation and they don’t understand I’m being taught to hate myself, that this is wrong and bad, and who I am is wrong and bad… Certainly,… the internet and being able to access communities and communicate with people in like-minded ways has changed now…

 

A: Yeah absolutely, that line really struck me too. One of the things that, when you watch the arch of the film Cameron emerges as it’s moral center. She is the person that has, in some ways, the clearest sense of who she is. She meaningfully engages with what the program is offering for a moment and considers it and still comes back to her center and says, “you have no idea what you’re doing.” I think that’s what makes her such a compelling character. She can show up that way now, in 1993, whenever, in that way, she is timeless and can show up across decades and generations.