Silicon Valley Queer Film Festival

Embrace (Finalist ~ Best Film)

Drama (Animation)

Country of Origin: USA

Embrace is an animated short film about asexuality–an orientation generally defined by a lack of sexual attraction, regardless of gender. The narrative explores the common asexual experience of feeling different than most of the population, and the isolation, confusion, and self-loathing that difference can create. However, the story also emphasizes the self-love and joy that can come from recognition of one’s asexuality and the asexual community, and how it’s possible to embrace the orientation by viewing it in a different light.


Latesha Merkel

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Latesha is a lecturer and novice animator from the Midwest of the United States, hoping to grow as an artist and creator while sharing her first film, Embrace.