I was touched many times by its beautiful messages despite the fact that my age and nationality do not match the target audience.
The biggest lesson Skam taught me is plain and simple: Love and kindness.
As a daughter of immigrants, Elias reminded me to be more understanding with my mother by saying to Sana that their mother comes from a very different and far place, that she doesn’t know what it is like to be them and that she wants the best for them.
Being minority in a western country, I felt in many ways represented by Sana. I can relate to her for the prejudice thrown at our faces more often than not in the country we were born and raised, for feeling like never fitting in, for having struggles inside our families due to the huge differences between only two generations, for the hard upfront but soft inside and for the strong love we have four our friends.
The things listed above are related to how lost I was growing up. Seeing Eva go through hardships in discovering her identity and then allow herself to explore all, including her sexuality, be neglected by her parents and accept her past mistakes and move on helped me in my self acceptance.
Many times we are told to look at the bright side and be positive. But as Yousef said, it doesn’t really help to pretend that prejudice doesn’t exist.
In my own process of personal growth, I find it important to acknowledge the vicious thoughts coming from me or from the outside, so I can either act on them and improve or learn to accept them as they are. But I shall do those with tolerance and love.
Thank you for creating these amazing characters, each with their own flaws and qualities, who make mistakes and learn from them, no superheroes or villains. You took the Norwegian teenagers seriously and we all know, that is not always the case. I truly believe Skam has made the world a better place.
Takk for alt, Julie, Mari, the cast, cameramen and everyone involved in this beautiful masterpiece ❤ !!!