Sunday January 29th
4pm Gender Benders: Shorts Program
Once again, Reelout is proud to highlight some of the best, new short works focusing on gender diversity.
Between Us d. Cailleah Scott-Grimes/2020/17:12/Canada/17:12/ Japanese with English Subtitles
Kei longs for a “normal life” in rural Japan. But for a transgender man who is jobless in his own hometown, getting to normal is one steep climb. Director Cailleah Scott-Grimes in attendance.
First Months of Freedom d. Kriss Lee/2022/Canada/9:17/English
Cat is a transgender woman in Tennessee who has been institutionalized since she was four years old, & has gotten off parole in 2020. This film documents her first months of freedom. The piece was composed from phone videos she sent the filmmaker, Skype calls, archival material, and some footage that a friend had shot a few years before. Cat shares stories from her childhood and her life inside men’s prisons, including her relationship with her husband and former cellmate Doc who remains incarcerated.
Elsa d. Albert Carbó/Spain/2021/12:00/Spanish with English Subtitles
Elsa is a 6-year-old child who, like anyone her age, wants to live happly and free. She knows that she is different from most, but despite her young age she is clear: she knows that she is a girl and that she is the queen of her life. Who could question it? ELSA talks about tolerance, diversity and the possibility of choosing who we want to be.
Un Jour Ordinaire (An Ordinary Day) d. Afaf El Haddioui/Canada/2022/1:51/French with English Subtitles
A portrait of a non-binary person living in Montréal and their journey of self-discovery.
‘Dear Me, A Letter to My Younger Self’ d. Stella Gelardi Malfilatre/2022/Denmark/7:45/Danish with English Subtitles
The intergenerational cast was asked to write a letter to their younger/older self. A selection of quotes acts as the collective voice of the film.
Queer Bodies d. Emma C. Barda/USA/2022/10:30/English
A queer documentary filmmaker explores gender identity and queer bodies through the lives and works of other queer artists.
In Limbo d. Harun Güler/Germany/2022/7:20/Turkish & English with English Subtitles
IN LIMBO features a series of intimate vignettes of taboo-breaking personalities from Istanbul free from clichés and expectations. Treading the line between narrative and reality IN LIMBO plays with subversion. In one scene a masculine group is gathered on the shore talking about hooking up with girls, before one person jumps in the water to reveal top surgery scars. In another, a belly dancer twists in the desert, kicking up dust and sand before lifting their veil to reveal a moustache.
Soak d. Desdemona Dallas/USA/2022/10:49/English
In a series of interviews ‘Soak’ uses moving and still images to explore masculinity through a queer lens.
Luv, Me d. Nicolas Jara & Yen Dinh/USA/2021/9:23/English
Tiffany, a K-drama fanatic and Thanh, an anime and gaming nerd, are roommates fresh out of college. Hoping to help her roommate put themself out in the romantic world, Tiffany secretly makes Thanh a dating profile. Thanh, in total frustration, must decide whether to speak up or let Tiffany walk all over them.