Through personal accounts, the film paints a picture of how the view of humanity affects us all.
The personal stories give voice to people who (like everyone else, but to a greater extent) have personally experienced the human consequences of our shared ideals of what humankind is or should be.
Alberte Clement Meldal: Society’s idea of how a human being looks or should look has major consequences for everyone. Alberte Clement Meldal knows, if anyone, what consequences this can have. She was just 15 years old when she was named the ‘Danish Supermodel of the Year’ in 1992. The title gave her the entry ticket to Eileen Ford’s ‘Supermodel of the World’ modeling competition, where she won fifth place and she started what was to be a long career as a model.
Until she turned 30, Alberte Clement Meldal worked as a professional photo model. The job required her to constantly keep her weight down. so she was trapped in ‘a food prison’ and developed an eating disorder. In the years when Alberte worked as a model, she lived up to society’s ideas about what a person should ideally look like. “I have not known any international models who have not lived in a diet regime with disastrous consequences. For my own part, in addition to the mental prison, I probably got osteoporosis from eating too little.’
Christoffer Zieler: Words define, for better or for worse, how people with dwarfism are regarded by others and how they perceive themselves and their opportunities. Christoffer is the father of David, whose dwarfism first showed up during a scan, a month before due date. The nurse could not get the measurements on the fetus to match. Then the head doctor was brought in, who determined that, yes, the child was unusually short. But afterwards the doctor reassured the terrified parents-to-be: “It’s not a circus dwarf you’re getting,” she said.
Peter Rosenmeier: When Peter Rosenmeier was born with deformed arms and legs, it hit his father so hard that he fantasized about killing his newborn child. The parents’ shock was eventually replaced by a steely determination to train Peter and give him as many opportunities in life as possible. Peter went to football, fought with his older brothers and found that at a table tennis table he could wipe out his disability and beat even players with normal arms and legs. Peter has since become world champion and Paralympic champion. His whole identity is built around being the best. A champion, not a victim. But the end of Peter’s table tennis career is just around the corner, and it scares him. For who is he then?