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  • Gender, Explored

    47 mins unrated Canada
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Genre: Documentary
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    Synopsis

    Student short film by Centipedereel & Blipped Studios documenting the lives, experiences & stories of transgender, non-binary & genderqueer peers from Southwestern Ontario, Canada. The film explores topics such as self discovery, coming out, media, struggles & solidarity as they relate to these unique individuals and their experiences with gender identity, expression & exploration.

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    Gender, Explored was made as a tribute to Peter Conrad, a dear friend and extraordinary young man who took his life in 2016 because he felt alone in the world as a trans person. We hope this film can reach anyone who needs to know that they are not alone, and that trans & non-binary people will always have a place in this world.

    Director: N. Lorch F. Brown
  • I Hope We Choose Love

    A Trans Girl's Notes from the End of the World

    144 mins Canada
    Language: English Subtitles: English
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    Synopsis

    What can we hope for at the end of the world? What can we trust in when community has broken our hearts? What would it mean to pursue justice without violence? How can we love in the absence of faith?

    In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, acclaimed poet and essayist Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author's characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. Taking its cues from contemporary thought leaders in the transformative justice movement such as adrienne maree brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this provocative book is a call for nuance in a time of political polarization, for healing in a time of justice, and for love in an apocalypse.

    Director: Kai Cheng Thom
  • Man Made

    93 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
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    Synopsis

    Man Made takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men (who like the film's director were born and raised female), take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta, GA). Man Made is a character-driven, intimate, and riveting verité-style competition film, but also a unique social justice narrative. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally.

    The strength on display in Man Made transcends the physical: Rese is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness; Dominic seeks out his family of origin, confronting an alternate history for himself; Kennie admits to himself and his loved ones who he is for the first time in his life; and Mason, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works daily to be the man he's always wanted to be—on both the inside and out. We follow these subjects' emotional and physical journeys as they navigate lives as the men they are, despite very real risks inherent in the current social and political climate. For the men of Man Made , it's not about winning—it's about being seen.

    Director: T Cooper
    Cast: Rese, Dominic, Mason, Tommy, Kennie, Shawn
  • Torrey Pines

    60 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English
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    Synopsis

    Torrey Pines is a stop-motion animated feature film by director Clyde Petersen. Based on a true story, the film is a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990’s. Raised by a schizophrenic single mother, Petersen’s life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. With a mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, Petersen is kidnapped at the age of 12 and taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.

    Director: Clyde Peterson
  • Little Fish

    320 mins Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Fiction
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    Synopsis

    Little Fish is the stunning debut novel by the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning story collection A Safe Girl to Love.

    It's the dead of winter in Winnipeg and Wendy Reimer, a thirty-year-old trans woman, feels like her life is frozen in place. When her Oma passes away Wendy receives an unexpected phone call from a distant family friend with a startling secret: Wendy's Opa (grandfather) -- a devout Mennonite farmer -- might have been transgender himself. At first she dismisses this revelation, but as Wendy's life grows increasingly volatile, she finds herself aching for the lost pieces of her Opa's truth. Can Wendy unravel the mystery of her grandfather's world and reckon with the culture that both shaped and rejected her? She's determined to try.

    Alternately warm-hearted and dark-spirited, desperate and mirthful, Little Fish explores the winter of discontent in the life of one transgender woman as her past and future become irrevocably entwined.

    Director: Casey Plett
  • Moving Forward Sideways Like A Crab

    336 mins Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Fiction
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    Synopsis

    Jonathan Lewis-Adey was nine when his parents, who were raising him in a comfortable house on a tree-lined street in downtown Toronto, separated, and his mother Sid vanished entirely from his life. It is not until he is a grown man--a writer with two books to his name, a supportive girlfriend, and a promising career--that Jonathan finally reconnects with his beloved lost parent, only to find, to his shock and dismay, that the woman he knew as "Sid" has become an elegant man named Sydney living quietly in a well-appointed house in his native Trinidad.

    In the nine years since then, Jonathan has travelled from Canada to pay regular visits to Sydney on his island retreat, trying with quiet desperation to rediscover the parent he adored inside this familiar stranger. And for nine years, as his own life and career stall, he struggles to overcome his confusion and repressed anger at the choices Sydney has made. As the novel opens, Jonathan has been summoned urgently to Trinidad where Sydney, now aged and dying, seems at last to offer him the gift he longs for: a winding story that moves forward sideways as it reveals the truths of Sydney's life. But when and where the story will end is up to Jonathan, and it is he who must decide what to do with Sydney's haunting legacy of love, loss and acceptance.

    Director: Shani Mootoo
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