2016 Gender Reel Film Descriptions

Gender Reel 2016 Films

Not all of the films listed here screen at all of Gender Reel festivals. While Gender Reel is a coast-to-coast festival, each city has a unique group of organizers who create their own festivals programming drawing from all of the submissions received each year. Therefore, programming may differ from event to event based on the length of the festival, programming goals and budget. This list is subject to change based on programming updates and additions. 

Coming Full Circle: The Journey of a Transgender Korean Adoptee: This film follows Pauline Park, a transgender activist based in New York City, as she goes back to her native Korea for the first time 50 years after she was adopted at age 7 months by white parents and brought to the United States.  (Filmmaker: Larry Tung; TRT: 31 Min; 2015).

Chthonic Dilemmas: Two Spirits from one weapon. (Filmmaker: Susu Laroche; TRT 1 min; 2015) Subtitled.

Gender Journeys: More than a pronoun: This film is the first part of a documentary series that focuses on the #TransLivesMatter movement. The filming, is part of a larger project that hopes to document intersectionality within the Trans* identity. Those interviewed were a host of professionals and activists in Philadelphia who highlight lives that are often underserved. (Filmmakers: Tess Kunik, Christina May and Luke Allen; TRT: 90 min; 2016).

In Bed with Francisco: In this autobiographic short, Francisco – a trans guy, faggot, fat, sadomasochistic, struggles in a world that excludes him from the market of desire. Refusing that his existence is not celebrated, desired or enjoyed, Francisco opens the door of his daily life to show us that it is possible for trans men to be desired. (Filmmaker: Francisco A. Sfeir; TRT: 7 min; 2014). Closed Caption

Liv’s New Chapter: This film follows Olivier Luciano, a transgender man, to San Francisco for his top surgery — a double mastectomy. Throughout the film Olivier discusses the emotional and inspiring journey leading to this point. (Filmmaker: Amoreena Crees; TRT: 50 min; 2015). Subtitled.

Major! A new documentary: MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. (Filmmakers: Annalise Ophelian & StormMiquel Florez: TRT: 75 min; 2016). Subtitled.

My Refugee Story: A Youth Group of LGBTIQ living in Lebanon directed and produced this film in which they share their stories. (Makhzoumi Foundation, LGBTI Youth Initiative, UNHCR, 1 More Cup Media Organization and MOSAIC; TRT: 17 min; 2016). Subtitled.

Nomade: The visual and political poem about the experience of following our own path of becoming who we are, explores the life of Lorenzo, a gender non-conforming person as he fights back against domination, consumerism and patriarchy. (Filmmaker: Mujeres Al Borde; TRT: 7 min; 2014). Subtitled

On the Other Side of the Mirror: How would it be if a woman lived a day as a man? The background of a drag show is the opportunity to explore inside the most intimate aspects of Kinging. From stories and experiences of a group of Drag Kings, the director captures the fascination and complexity of a little unknown universe, where the surplus becomes spectacle and the transformation a liberating narrative of the self. (Filmmaker: Cecilia Grasso; TRT: 54 min; 2015) Subtitled.

Our Fire Blooms: In a little-known Mexican festival where men transform into women, a colorful group of queer dancers races to prepare for the big night despite facing violent resistance. (Filmmaker: Genevieve Roudane; TRT: 5 min; 2016) Subtitled. – This is a trailer. 

The Encounter: This film explores the lives of Diana (Colombia) and Gabrielle (Ecuador), as they confront social prejudice, gender violence and their own fears related to their gender identity. (Filmmaker: Diana Elizabeth Castellanos; TRT: 11 min; 2016).  Subtitled

They that live in me: This film challenges the sadness, pain, abandonment and distress sexual and gender dissident people face. (Filmmaker: Aritza Rios Alvarez M*ara; TRT: 8 min; 2016).

To Be We Also Want To Be:  The daily lives of male prostitutes living in Switzerland are revealed in this informative feature.  The film, which focuses on the experiences of hustler Benjamin, callboy Alexo, transsexual Sonja and transvestite Leila, explores the complexities and distinctive origins of their unique, yet sensitive experiences. (Filmmaker: Aida Shlaepfer; TRT: 76 min; 2014. Subtitled.

Trans Puzzle:  In a world controlled by stereotypes and gender norms, Ryan reinvents his life, despite the dissident relationship he has to his body. (Filmmaker: Federico Survilas; TRT: 7 min; 2014).

Two Girl Bunnies: This animated story of love and transition follows the experiences of two girl bunnies that meet on a block of ice, become romantically smitten and look for a way to cross the galaxy together. (Filmmaker: Francoise Doherty; TRT: ; 2015).

Zura Taekwando Fighter: Zura Mushambokazi, is a 23-year-old, Taekwondo black belt from Rowanda who followed their passion for the art of martial arts despite of parental refusal, fellow opposition and traditional limits of what is expected from female-bodied people in their country. (Filmmaker: Jean Baptiste Nyabyenda; TRT: 11 min; 2016). Subtitled.