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CLOSE KNIT
May
12
7:15 PM19:15

CLOSE KNIT

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 7:15 PM

Naoko Ogigami; 2017; Japan; 127 min.; in Japanese with English subtitles

CLOSE-KNIT, reportedly the very first transgender-centered film made in Japan, explores the everyday struggles of Rinku (Toma Ikuta), a transgender Japanese woman, through the perspective of Tomo, a lonely, neglected youth (Rinka Kakihara) seeking solace and a stable home when her mother abandons her. Tomo’s frustrations begin to be channeled when Rinku shares her skill at knitting. The concept of the “chosen family” looms large in this painfully tender and wistfully photographed tale of love in a time of great strife, which also peels back the layers of provincial Japanese transphobia.

Content Warning: Discussion or Depiction of Self-Harm, Nudity

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IN THE FAMILY SHORTS
May
12
2:30 PM14:30

IN THE FAMILY SHORTS

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 2:30 PM

Shorts Program: 

I AM... LAITH ASHLEY

Kase Pena; 2017; USA; 4 min.; in English and Spanish with English subtitles

Kase is a Dominican transgender man raised in New York City. This love letter to his family for their unconditional support gives him strength to work with LGBTQ homeless youth.

THE STATION

Daniel Foerste; 2017; USA; 12 min.

Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many, especially those who have identities outside what is considered “normal.” This short gives us a look into the relationship between two brothers and the power of healing with the help of a campy guardian angel.

WALK FOR ME

Elegance Bratton; 2016; USA; 12 min.

Trans teen Hanna learns the meaning of family when she discovers the New York gay ball scene.

Content Warning: Identity Based Abuse or Harassment, Nudity

XANH

Sal Tran; 2017; USA; 15 min.; in English and Vietnamese with English subtitles

Xanh’s mother is a seamstress who polices Xanh’s gender presentation through the creation of feminine clothes. As their mom continuously criticizes their wardrobe, Xanh experiences nightmares that push them to search for peace within.

Content Warning: Nudity/Drug Use/Swearing or Verbal Abuse

SILVIA IN THE WAVES

Giovana Olmos; 2017; Canada; 13 min.

Noa struggles to honor the identity of his recently deceased parent while his mother tries to uphold the appearance of a conventional family. Grief and fantasy entwine to reveal the complex relationship between history and erasure, identity and memory.

Content Warning: Discussion or Depiction of Suicide

CHUDALA

Maaria Sayed; 2016; India; 15 min.; in Hindi and Urdu with English subtitles

A return to his childhood home brings Rehan back to memories of his father’s rejection of his gender. An atmospheric, poignant story of coming out as trans in a lower-middle-class Muslim family.

Content Warning: Identity Based Abuse or Harassment

MRS. MCCUTCHEON

John Sheedy; 2017; Australia; 16 min.

Ten-year-old Mrs. McCutcheon is having trouble fitting in at a new school until meeting Trevor, a tough little charmer who also suffers prejudice due to his Aboriginal heritage. With the school dance only days away, the two must navigate the pressures of school and family and find the courage to be who they are.

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JESUS IS DEAD
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

JESUS IS DEAD

Friday, May 4, 2018 | 7:00 PM

Victor Villanueva; 2016; Philippines; 90 min.; in Filipino, Visayan, and Tagalog with English subtitles

“Jesus is dead,” declares Iyay, the matriarch of the family, igniting this delightfully absurd and utterly charming road comedy. Jesus is her estranged husband, so she and the reluctant children—transgender son Jude; Hubert, who has Down syndrome: Jay the slacker; and puppy Judas—all set off through the picturesque Philippine countryside to the wake. Full of gloriously strange and wonderfully weird characters, this rollicking film recalls the random and quirky nature of classic comedies like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, while also dealing with personal heartbreak and relationships in a genuine and affecting story, redefining what it truly means to be a family.

Content Warning: Nudity/Non-Explicit Sexual Situations, Vulgar Language

Opening Short: FOR A CHANGE

Keren Nir; 2016; Israel; 4 min; in Hebrew with English subtitles.

This nonfiction animated short uses a witty, kinetic visual style to convey some of the day-to-day challenges of the trans male narrator’s adolescence.

Content Warning: Nudity/Non-Explicit Sexual Situations

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