Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 2:30 PM
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.
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
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
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
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.