This first block shows films that explore the complexities of inhabiting a body in society. The stories ask what it means to live in one’s skin, and one’s mind. This block looks deeply at the intricacies of personhood as our selfhood relates to our bodies existing within society and its’ expectations.
She is the plus size star of the PLOP! Parties in Buenos Aires, but during the day she faces difficult cases as a social worker. Not everything is glitter in the life of the beloved Berta Rodas.
Content Warnings: Adult Content and Adult Language.
A young trans woman from rural Bengal eschews social and cultural pressures at every stage of self-realisation. But as she finally comes to the city for a sex change operation, she faces extreme challenges and questions that corner her to make a choice between giving up her struggle or standing up for who she truly is.
Content Warnings: Adult Content and Mild Violence.
A heartfelt letter to tell the mother the most painful of secrets. Amina, who in 2002 was the small protagonist of Ten by Kiarostami is now a transgender director who tries to make her voice heard, understood, and be understood.
KINGS is a documentary part live action part animation, on the drag king community, that tries to offer a reflexion on gender and their representations.
Hair and constructions of identity are often deeply intertwined. Influenced by the intersections of African hair, femininity and personal identity, "Scalp Deep" captures the struggles of a young African woman as she navigates the reactions and expectations of others after she decides to commit to a new look.
For the first few days after she awoke from her coma, Dani Burt didn't know her right leg, from just above the knee down, was gone. When the doctors finally told her the full extent of her injuries, Burt, an active, hungry-for-life person, wasn't sure if she could go on. But she found the courage to continue through surfing, which led her on a path to becoming the first-ever women's World Adaptive Surfing champion.
A girl helps four boys examine and understand why it's difficult for them to show their vulnerabilities and be open about their emotions in today's society.
Content Warning: Brief Nudity.
[B]ELLAS successfully breaks the stereotype that conceives aging women as vulnerable, dependent and pleasing beings through a vindication of their experience, bodies, capacities, wrinkle and beauty.
Content Warnings: Adult Content, Brief Nudity and Nudity