Lola: Girl Got a Gun

Award Winner

Film Info

Film Year: 2017

Film Duration: 15 min

Country: United States

Language: English


Emily Elizabeth Thomas

Film Category

Best Foreign Film (Short)


LOLA: GIRL GOT A GUN is about a young girl searching for purpose and belonging in a conservative West Texas household. Will she become who her family wants her to be? Or will she become the bold and brave woman she desires to be? LOLA bares witness to a young and angelic girl who experiences the emotional weight of her mother’s abuse by her conservative NRA member father. The heaviness of the abuse permeates her home, and she searches for an outlet for her anger and fear. She feels that all is lost, until one day she wanders into her parents’ room the morning after a particularly violent night. What she finds changes her worldview permanently: her father’s loaded pistol. She decides to keep it as her own, names it Lola, and paints it bubble gum pink. Now she has a secret of her own; the girl’s got a gun now – her very own defense – and nobody can take it away from her.