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Anahita Ghazvinizadeh; USA/Qatar; 80 min.; in English and Farsi
THEY is the hauntingly beautiful journey of J, a nonbinary youth in the Chicago suburbs who struggles daily to understand their place in the world—and their own mind and heart. This debut film by writer-director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh gives viewers as close to a first-hand experience of transitioning as possible, as well as a glimpse of what life would be like if being trans were normalized. Allowed to evolve, think, and grow, Rhys Fehrenbacher as J portrays one of the most fully developed trans characters on screen. Ghostly cinematography by Carolina Costa brilliantly supports the naturalistic performances in this movingly poetic film.
Please note that an interpreter is not yet confirmed for the Q&A with lead actor Rhys Fehrenbacher.
Opening Short: POLYMORPH
Mike Hooves; 2017; Canada; 5 min.
An experimental, genderf*ck portrait of a body playfully exploring, this futuristic short is tactilely satisfying and a testament to the profound beauty of the trans* body.