Silas Howard; 2017; USA; 53 min.
Acclaimed filmmaker Silas Howard shows us how transgender and gender-nonconforming people transcend their own experiences and lead multifaceted lives. Profiled are an attorney who first faced adversity in a Japanese internment camp, a makeup artist on the cutting edge of a premier cosmetics company, a young actor-in-training coping with unstable housing, an advocate for transgender equality who learned to be a champion for her community and herself, a counselor who leads her mentee by example, and a minister with a congregation very different from himself. Despite their differences, all have overcome hardships to serve their communities and share their unique perspectives.
Content Warning: Discussion of Rape/Discussion of Self-Harm, Vulgar Language
Opening Short 1: TAILOR
Calí dos Anjos; 2017; Brazil; 10 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles
TAILOR is a transgender cartoonist whose web page illustrates other trans people’s experiences and challenges.
Content Warning: Nudity, Vulgar Language
Opening Short 2: SOMETHING ABOUT ALEX
Reinout Hellenthal; 2017; Netherlands; 18 min.; in Dutch with English subtitles
This enigmatic coming-of-age tale will pull at your heartstrings, emphasizing the importance of supporting youth who bravely proclaim their right to be different to a society that is often merciless and cruel.