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Fourteen-year-old J has been on hormone blockers to delay puberty while they explore their gender identity, but now must decide if they want to transition.

 

On a weekend away to think things through, J spends time with two relatives grappling with identity issues of their own. J's sister, Lauren is an installation artist considering a new life overseas, after being offered an artist residency in New Zealand. She has a secure day job, and her family don't understand her choice to be an artist. Lauren's partner Araz, is an Iranian immigrant. He wants to return home to see his family, but his visa situation makes this too risky. He feels he doesn't belong and is caught between two worlds.

 

Scattered with images of nature and fragments of poetry, Iranian director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh and executive producer Jane Campion use intersecting narratives to create a stunning meditation on the nature of gender, cultural identity, and the importance of family.

 

Ghazvinizadeh has a piercing visual style and a deep appreciation for cinematic storytelling - Indie Wire

 

Join Us! For a Q&A with festival guest, transgender actor Rhys Fehrenbacher.

 

 

Please note the short film The Banished that was previously advertised, will no longer be screened.

 

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Runtime: 80 mins
Year: 2017
Director: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
Producer: Zoe Sua Cho, Simone Ling
Country: USA, Qatar
Language: English, Persian with English subtitles
Cast: Rhys Fehrenbacher, Koohyar Itasseini, Nicole Coffineau
Company Credits: World Sales: Luxbox
Genre: Arthouse, Drama
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