Tristan Aitchison; 2017; Kenya; 76 min.; in Swahili and English with English subtitles
Filmed over three years, this documentary explores the hopes, dreams, and everyday reality of Kenya’s intersex and transgender communities. When Sidney’s family disowns him and threatens his life, he flees to Nairobi, where he meets a group of transgender friends. The four comrades share what it’s like to grow up and live as trans and intersex people in the face of prejudice and transphobia, disclosing painful secrets of their struggles, sometimes with humor. Together they fight harsh discrimination and discover life, love, and self-worth.
Content Warning: Implied Violence/Discussion or Depiction of Rape/Discussion or Depiction of Self-Harm/Swearing or Verbal Abuse
Opening Short: My Own Wings
Katia Repina; 2015; Spain/Ukraine/USA; 8 min.; in English, French, Russian, and Spanish with English subtitles
This transmedia project explores intersex identity through beautifully shot interviews about family, pressures from the medical industry, and societal standards that dictate what is commonly accepted as a male or female body.
Content Warning: Implied Violence