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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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THOSE LONG HAIRED NIGHTS
May
5
9:30 PM21:30

THOSE LONG HAIRED NIGHTS

Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 9:30 PM

Gerardo Calagui; 2017; Philippines; 72 min.; in Tagalog with English subtitles

Unapologetically grim and yet endearing, THOSE LONG HAIRED NIGHTS takes the viewer on a nightmarish journey through Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines from the POV of several trans inhabitants. This loose confederation of erotic masseuses, drug smugglers, and sex workers reveal how they navigate their pimps, their violent johns, and their impoverished families. Shot in a cinema verité style that follows the daily lives of the characters in separate vignettes, this refreshing feature debut provides a rich and complex narrative that pulls no punches and still makes the viewer care deeply about its characters.

Content Warning: Drug Use/Nudity/Explicit Sexual Situations/Graphic Violence/Discussion or Depiction of Rape

Opening Short: AARSA

Kawa Hatef; 2016; India; 18 min.; in English and Hindi with English subtitles

Raju, who works day in and day out cleaning a dance studio to support himself and his mother, finds himself observing both the instructor and her students. This short film organically intertwines the sounds of traditional Indian dance and the fabrics worn by dancers with soft pastel colors.

Content Warning: Identity Based Abuse or Harassment

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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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