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TranScreen Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival

TranScreen Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival

Thursday, 30 May 2019 until Sunday, 02 June 2019

The TranScreen Film Festival is a multi-day film festival with international films on themes of transgender and/or gender diversity. During TranScreen you can enjoy feature films and shorts, mainstream and experimental, professional and community films from different countries. TranScreen is the largest transgender film festival in Europe.

TranScreen is a cultural and informative film festival on the theme of transgender and gender diversity. The festival aims to show qualitative and challenging films from all over the world. The aim is to increase public awareness to provide the versatility of transgender and gender diverse people.

Simultaneously, TranScreen is an event in which (trans)gender diversity is the norm. A public space where everyone can be themselves in a secure environment. Regardless of gender orientation or sexual preference. A place to meet up and exchange international experiences in a relaxed and spontaneous way.

TranScreen has a clear social mission. Many ‘closet’ transgender people, or those that have left that noun behind long time ago and are no longer within the transgender community, come to TranScreen. Therefore, the festival offers a special meeting. This is an important asset, the impact should not be underestimated.


 

2019 films...

SATURDAY CHURCH

Damon Cardasis | United States | 2018 | 82 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Musical, Fantasy, Drama 

A 14-year-old on a musical journey about finding oneself, inspired by true events. Move and vogue along! With stars from the hit-series POSE!

MARIO LUIZA

Marcelo Díaz | Brazil | 2019 | 80 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

The life of Maria Luiza da Silva, the first Transgender in the Brazilian Air Force. After being compulsorily retired after 22 years service, the movie shows a genuinely Brazilian story, while discussing universal themes such as identity and prejudice.

CALL HER GANDA presented by P J Raval

P J Raval | Philippines | 2018 | 98 min. | English, Filipino spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

When 26-year old Filipina transgender woman and alleged sex worker, Jennifer Laude, is found dead, the perpetrator is quickly identified as a 19-year-old U.S. marine. Fusing personal tragedy, human rights activism and the little-known history, and complex aftermath, of U.S. imperial rule in the Philippines, CALL HER GANDA forges a visually daring and profoundly humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé.

Rika

Dynamo Jeugd & Jongerenwerk Amsterdam| The Netherlands | 3 min. | Dutch spoken | English subtitles

OBSCURO BARROCO

Evangelia Kranioti | France, Greece | 2018 | 60 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Mystery, Documentary

Magnificent filming and a very trippy atmosphere. A kaleidoscopic journey through Rio de Janeiro, Genders, Metamorphosis, Carnaval, and mystical musings about being trans and/or alive.

MEXA/STAND

Daniel Favaretto, Dudu Quintanilha | Brazil | 2017 | 24 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

A performative documentary , filmed during meetings in shelters, parks and streets of São Paulo, Brazil, where a diversity of LGBT+ individuals collect.

INTERSEX

Régine Abadia | France | 2017 | 67 min. | Dutch, English, French spoken | English subtitles | Documentary, Animation

Vincent and Ins stand up in a creative way for the rights intersex persons in a normative (medical) world.

RECLAIMING INTERSEX

Nthabiseng Mokoena, Gabrielle La Roux | South Africa | | 28 min. | English spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

Documentary that is centred on the life, activism and experiences of Mokoena, a black genderqueer and feminist in South Africa.

SHORTS:

The Real Thing

Brandon Kelley | United States | 2017 | 8 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Drama

While on tour of duty,  Staff Sergeant Michael Waltze’s daughter has transitioned and started living her truth. Today he is coming home to surprise her.

Only What You Need To Know about Me / Apenas o Que Você Precisa Saber Sobre Mim

Maria Augusta V. Nunes | Brazil | 2018 | 15 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Drama

Two teenagers meet at a skate park. Their friendship turns into something more. All of a sudden Laura disappears. Why?

Max and their They-by River

Fox Fisher | United Kingdom | 2018 | 6 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Documentary

Baby River is raised in a gender neutral way by Max, until River is old enough to express gender preference.

Poppy and Josie

Fox Fisher | United Kingdom | 2018 | 6 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Documentary

Two trans people,with an almost 60 year age gap, talk about their experiences growing up trans. A powerful yet simple film by trans people, about trans people, and for a much wider audience.

First Day

Julie Kalceff | Australia | 2017 | 18 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Drama

It’s Hannah’s first day of high school – and the first day she will use her chosen name.

Something About Alex / Anders

Reinout Hellenthal | The Netherlands | 2017 | 19 min. | Dutch spoken | English subtitles | Drama

Teenager Alex has a special bond with his sister’s boyfriend. When they announce plans to move to the city he is sent into a tailspin.

SO LONG SUBURBIA

Samuel Shanahoy | Canada | 2016 | 65 min. | English spoken | No subtitles

Samuel Shanahoy’s DIY comedy about a group of Seattle misfits. A campy queer coming of age teen film.

GET OFF MY TURF

Fox Fisher | United Kingdom | 2018 | 9 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Comedy, Drama

Is a friendship possible between a trans woman and her transphobic neighbour?

BRAZIL SHORTS…

I Have To Say I Love You / Preciso Dizer Que Te Amo

Ariel Nobre | Brazil | 2018 | 13 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Drama, Documentary

A poetic docudrama about the fight against suicide, resilience, and inner healing.

We Are All here / Estamos Todos Aqui

Chico Santos, Rafael Mellim | Brazil | 2017 | 19 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Drama, Documentary

Homeless 17 year old Rosa lives in Favela da Prainha, São Paulo. An important protest filmabout gender and sexual identity, housing rights and the ever-present need to confront racial and class-based inequalities that profoundly mark Brazilian society. 

3 Siblings

Sheena Rossiter, Sandro Silva, Nadia Sussman | Brazil, Canada | 2018 | 22 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

Three siblings from São Paulo, with different gender identities and sexual orientations, bring us into their world during the city’s Pride Month.

Heaven

Luiz Roque | Brazil | 2016 | 10 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Sci-Fi

The film depicts a world gripped by a new viral epidemic, and reflects on the stigmatising rhetoric of anti-AIDS campaigns in the 1980s.

The Get Up / Eu vou me Piratear

Daniel Favaretto, Dudu Quintanilha | Brazil | 2015 | 21 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

A fictional documentary that follows performances, experiences and testimonies of three queer artists in São Paulo city.

#YOUTH – TRANS YOUTH

Rebecca Adler | United States | 2017 | 84 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Documentary

This documentary filmed over three years centres on seven young trans adults navigating growing older in the southern city of Austin, Texas.

Walk For Me

Elegance Bratton | United States | 2016 | 12 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Music, Family, Drama

A contemporary coming out story about Hassan who explores their trans identity voguing as a girl named Hanna, and the night her two worlds collide.

Trans* BUT – Fragments of Identity

Maria Binder | Turkey | 2016 | 60 min. | Turkish spoken | English subtitles | Drama, Documentary, Animation

How to cope with daily violence and hatred? Trans*BUT is a documental research study driven by the question: “What keeps you going when all else falls away?”

“Violence – Square of a Quarter / VIOLENCE – Square des quarts d’heure”

Elsa Aloisio | France | 2017 | 13 min. | French spoken | English subtitles | Biography

An Algerian-French transgender comes to term with identity, religion and sports.

MISS ROSEWOOD

Helle Jensen | Denmark, United States | 2017 | 67 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Docudrama

Miss Rosewood confronts us with intense and explicit queer art. She strips to full she-male nudity, shares passion for her art and shows you just how far she’s willing to go to blow your mind. Raw, intense, and without filters.

Pirate Boys

Pol Merchan | Germany | 2018 | 13 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Fantasy, Documentary

portrait of the punk writer Kathy Acker is the starting point for a conversation with the photographer and intersex person, Del LaGrace Volcano around gender identity and transformation.

TRANSFINITE

Neelu Bhuman | United States | | 70 min. | English, Swahili, Spanish, Navajo spoken | English subtitles | Sci-Fi

Transfinite is a sci-fi omnibus feature film composed of seven standalone magical realistic short stories where supernatural trans and queer people from various cultures use their powers to protect, love, teach, fight and thrive.

Rebellious Essence / Uporni duh

Ana Čigon | Slovenia | 2017 | 5 min. | None spoken | No subtitles | Animation

A cat is applying for a passport, but this does not go without hiccups.

#YOUTH SHORTS – Who Am I?

SIRENE

Zara Dwinger | The Netherlands | 2017 | 26 min. | Dutch spoken | English subtitles | Drama

Kay heeft een hoop lol met zijn vrienden en hun ‘jongensachtige’ avonturen. Als hij ‘new girl in town’ Melody ontmoet, verandert er iets in hem.
Kay is having fun with his friends and their ‘boyish’ antics, but when Kay meets ‘new girl in town’ Melody, something unlocks in him.

The Banished / Los desterrados hijos de Eva

Omar Robles Cano | Mexico | 2017 | 17 min. | Spanish spoken | English subtitles | Drama

A transgender woman returns to the city that once banished her. She will have to overcome her own pain to heal the wounds.

In My Mother’s Closet

Carolyn Wu | Canada | 2017 | 13 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Musical

Adri wants to come out to her religious mother, but is afraid to risk the relationship. Maybe singing is the best method?

MASKED

Michael Hardinge, Jay Beckerleg | Australia | 2018 | 15 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Dramal

High school student Zoe is struggling to come out as a trans man. After accepting their true self, Zoe becomes extremely stressed with the fear of whether others will accept them or not.

Approaching / Pristoupili

Tereza Pospíšilová | Czech Republic | 2016 | 30 min. | Czech spoken | English subtitles

A runaway Roma Trans boy and an elderly gentleman meet each other in a train. Will there be a connection or are their differences too big?

Reina de Corazones

Guille Bergandi | Argentina | 2016 | 82 min. | Spanish spoken | English subtitles | Documentary | Sci-Fi

The Cooperative AR/TV Trans is a theater co-operative composed of trans people and is created for the sole purpose of getting its people out of prostitution. The participants study acting and produce their shows. The protagonists tell their dreams, show their daily struggles and share their experiences and hopes to be accepted and belong to society.

Exercise One

Victoria Verseau | Sweden | 2016 | 14 min. | Swedish spoken | English subtitles | Drama

A drama about about a trans person’s loneliness and desire for closeness and love.

Sidney and Friends

Tristan Aitchison | Kenya | | 75 min. | English spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

When his family tries to kill him, Sidney, who is intersex, flees to Nairobi where he meets a group of transgender friends. Together, they fight discrimination and discover life, love and self-worth.

Dani Boi

Logan Mucha | Australia | 2018 | 5 min. | English spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

Dani performs on stage as Dani Boi, a non-binary ‘dragtivist’, with a mission to fight back against oppressive gender norms.

More Than T

Silas Howard | United States | 2017 | 54 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Documentary

Zeven transgender en gender non-conforme individuen, gezien door de lens van gevierd filmmaker Silas Howard.
Seven transgender and gender nonconforming individuals seen through the lens of celebrated film maker, Silas Howard.

Framing Agnes

Chase Joynt | Canada, United States | 2018 | 19 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Documentary

In the late 1950s, a woman named Agnes approached the UCLA Medical Center seeking sex reassignment surgery. Her story was long considered to be exceptional until never-before-seen case files of other patients were found in 2017. Watch as preeminent trans culture-makers of our time breathe new life into those who redefined gender in the midcentury. Starring Zackary Drucker (Transparent), Angelica Ross (Pose), Silas Howard (By Hook or By Crook), and Max Wolf Valerio (The Testosterone Files).

OUT OF MANY…

The Cuceta

Tertuliana Lustosa | Brazil | 2017 | 11 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles

Cuceta is a meeting of art and transitional ritual, Bahian food, tattooing, and body modification.

Mi Barba

Carre Real | United States | 2017 | 8 min. | Spanish spoken | English subtitles

Being a Black, Cuban, immigrant, bearded, gender nonconforming queer is a personal and social challenge.

Black is me

Elliot Blue | Germany | 2017 | 4 min. | English spoken | No subtitles

A demonstration of empowerment concerning being transgender and being black; being unapologetically oneself.

About Us

Cutiepoc productions | Germany | 2014 | 13 min. | English spoken | No subtitles

A community project bringing people from the Berlin and QTIBPoC community together to create a soap. By doing  so they find their own alternative narratives.

Inside Out / Avesso

Julia Morais, Wil Futuro | Brazil | 2016 | 9 min. | Portuguese, English spoken | English subtitles

Through the memories of Tereza, Avesso portrays how young black queer people are dealing with oppressions, by choosing to express their own narratives.

Ontem

Thiago Kistenmacker & Sanni Est | Brazil | 14 min | 2017 | Portuguese | English subtitles

A contemplative picture about the losses and pain some have to undergo after transition, in order to be truly themselves.

Happy Birthday Marsha!

Sasha Wortzel, Tourmaline | United States | 2018 | 14 min. | English spoken | No subtitles

Happy Birthday, Marsha! commemorates Black trans activist and performer Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson and her role in instigating the 1969 anti-policing riots at the Stonewall Inn, a watershed event for the gay liberation movement. The film interweaves imagined scenes with found archival footage to counter the endemic erasure of trans women of color from narratives of political resistance.The film stars Independent Spirit Award Winner Mya Taylor as Johnson with cinematography by Sundance winner Arthur Jafa and an original score by Geo Wyeth.

The Crossing

Carlos Motta | The Netherlands | 2017 | 26 min. | Arabic, Persian (Farsi), Urdu spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

A collection of video portraits of eleven LGBTQI refugees who tell their experiences before, during and after the flight from their country of birth to the Netherlands. Their moving stories emphasises how hard it is to be surrounded by homophobia and transphobia.
Afterwards there is a panel with and about trans refugees concerning their safety and betterment of their living conditions in the Netherlands.

SUNDAY SHORTS…

Megg- The Margin Who Migrate to the Center / Megg- A Margem que Migra para o Centro

Larissa Nepomuceno, Eduardo Sanches | Brazil | 2018 | 15 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

Meet Dr Megg Rayara, who through sheer determination and hard work became the first trans person of colour to gain a Doctorate at the Federal University of Paraná, Brasil.

Lui

Denise Kelm | Brazil | 2018 | 17 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Drama, Romance

Transmasculine circus artist Lui doesn’t only play with gender, he plays with color, movement, and sexuality. He also wants his partner to see who he is beyond his gender, but isn’t sure that she does.

Mum

Anne-Marie O’Connor | United Kingdom | 2016 | 13 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Family

8A universal story about the love between a mother and daughter, and the things that are not discussed in families.

Missed Connections

Michelle Sam | United States | 2017 | 15 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Comedy

Two strangers meet and form a bond at a festival, but they forget to exchange contact info. As they search for one another, their posts go viral. They navigate through their careers, lives, and society, as Black, female, and transgender.

Calamity

Maxime Feyers | Belgium | 2017 | 22 min. | French spoken | English subtitles | Drama

France meets her son’s girlfriend for the first time. She loses control. An edgy film which is funny, sweet and claustrophobic at the same time.

OUTtv presents the European premiere of The Switch, the very first comedy series, in which all trans roles are played by trans actors.  
The launch will be followed by drinks and chat in the cafe. 

The Switch

Amy Fox | Canada | | 25 min. | spoken | No subtitles | Comedy

OUTtv presents The Switch!- The world’s first transgender sitcom soon to debut on OUTtv. “The Switch” follows Sü, fleeing Trump’s America to start her life over again in Canada, changing careers, countries — and genders! The first two changes go swimmingly. The third leaves her unemployed and crashing with her ex, a dumpster-diving eco-asasin. Thrown into sketchy employment, “alternative” community, and a new identity, can Sü claw her way back to her old life? Or, to her horror, will she adapt and thrive? 

TransGeek 

Kevin F McCarthy, Sayer Johnson | United Kingdom, United States, Sweden | 2018 | 82 min. | English spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

The stories of transgender people working in the tech industry and existing within geek culture, who risked their careers and their lives to be their authentic selves. The film uses in-depth interviews conducted over a period of several years to explore the lives, hobbies, politics, careers, and thoughts of transgender geeks.
Followed by a Q and A with director Kevin F McCarthy

A Woman Is A Woman

Mimi Wong | Hong Kong | 2018 | 93 min. | Cantonese, English spoken | English subtitles | Drama

Transwomen are arguably the most marginalised group of people in Hong Kong. Local media often present a negative image.  Many of them find themselves unemployed while transitioning. After transition they are often forced to hide their identities to avoid further humiliation and discrimination.

我的女儿 DAUGHTER

Amanda Lee | United States | 2017 | 6 min. | English, Cantonese spoken | English subtitles | Documentary

Relationship of a mother and her transgender daughter, seen from the perspective of the mother and against the background of migration. 
Followed by a Q and A with director Mimi Wong

The Rib

Wei Zhang| China | 2018 | 85 min. | Mandarin spoken | English subtitles | Drama

China has arguably progressive laws regarding transgender rights, but public awareness has not caught up yet. The Rib is hailed as the first Chinese feature film that makes transgender its main subject and still passed government censorship. It also offers a rare and eye-opening window into China’s Christian communities, which survive precariously. But ultimately, it’s an intense father-child drama fueled by pressures from a society still steeped in patriarchal, Confucian morality. Zhang Wei, an exceptional director known for his incisive social messages, won the Kim Ji-seok Award at Busan Film Festival for this film.