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(some)Body to Love

A selection of films that show us the power of our bodies and minds, the struggles we have with understanding them and the beauty in our mastery over the choices we can make about them.

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Absent

As Chloe’s journey home from school is unexpectedly interrupted, she is forced to confront the agonising choice she made that morning. 

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Gay As In Happy: A Queer Anti-Tragedy

An experimental autoethnographical documentary about queer joy, resistance, and resilience in the face of abuse, trauma, and transphobia.

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Kevin & Dave go to Montreal

Kevin Healey is a Toronto-based Hearing Voices Support Worker who personifies his main voice ‘Dave Umbongo’ as a cool-looking puppet with sunglasses. 

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My Brother is a Mermaid

A social realist fairytale about a trans-feminine teenager, as seen through the eyes of their 7 year old brother. 

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Off Fleek

Teenager Emma suffers horrendous cyber bullying and decides to take drastic action.

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Something in the Closet

A queer teenager struggles with her sexuality, as desires manifest their way from the depths of her eerie closet into reality.

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Somewhere In Between

Somewhere in Between explores what it means to reconsider one’s gender identity and gender labels through gender affirmation top surgery. 

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Stand Still

Susannah is not coping with her new baby and can’t stop moving away from him.

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Towards a Better Birth

Towards a Better Birth explores the particular value of midwifery in giving women better births.

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Absent
Directed by Libby Burke Wilde
Written by Lucy MacCarthy
Produced by Dog Eat Dog

As Chloe’s journey home from school is unexpectedly interrupted, she is forced to confront the agonising choice she made that morning. Like many young women in UK, Chloe was faced with missing school or ‘making do’ when her period came, unable to afford menstrual products. Based on true stories ABSENT captures the reality of period poverty, but that with the understanding of even one stranger, this silent stigma could be extinguished for good.

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Gay As In Happy: A Queer Anti-Tragedy
Written & Directed by Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim
Produced by Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim & Rush Garrick

An award-winning experimental auto-ethnographical documentary about queer joy, resistance, and resilience in the face of abuse, trauma, and transphobia.

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My Brother is a Mermaid
Writer, Director & Producer – Alfie Dale

My Brother is a Mermaid is a social realist fairytale about a trans-feminine teenager, as seen through the eyes of their 7 year old brother. Set in a desolate and prejudiced coastal town, the film examines how a child’s unconditional love can be a powerful and disruptive force for good.

Somewhere in Betweeen
Written, Directed & Produced by Kate Reid

This short film is about how queer Canadian singer-songwriter, Kate Reid, came to the decision to undergo a surgery that dramatically altered her body. It is the story of how they felt about and in their body in relation to others, and the meaning that the world impressed upon their body before the surgery. Since having top surgery, Reid has felt more at home in her body than ever before. Like so many people in the world, Reid’s gender identity is hybrid and fluid. It is an assemblage of many different ideas, words, feelings, energies, lived experiences, and now, altered body parts. It is a gender that is somewhere in between.

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Stand Still
Directed by Isabella Wing-Davey
Written by Michelle Bonnard & Zoë Tapper
Produced by Sarah Beardsall

Susannah is not coping with her new baby and can’t stop moving away from him. She leaves him alone in the house and runs to a footbridge over a motorway where she meets Rupa, a night-care worker. Rupa is constantly on the go. She can barely take time out from her busy life to drive Susannah home. The film follows a character going through a painful episode of postnatal depression whose chance encounter with another woman forces them both to stand still.

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Kevin and Dave go to Montreal
Writer, Director & Producer – Michelle Melles

There are over 280 million people around the world who hear voices and every one has a story. This is the story about Kevin Healey, a Toronto-based Hearing Voices Support Worker who personifies his main voice Dave Umbongo as a cool-looking puppet with sunglasses. Kevin & Dave visit Montreal for the World Hearing Voices Congress where they will hold a puppet-making workshop called Carnival des Voix (Carnival of Voices). This short documentary film expands our limited definitions of normalcy, embraces other ways of perceiving the world and asserts our humanity in an increasingly dehumanizing world.

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Off Fleek
Written & Directed by Steven Dorrington
Produced by Cara Weatherley

Teenager Emma suffers horrendous cyber bullying and her worse fears come true as the body shaming abuse she receives online begins to transform her appearance. She decides to take drastic action, which has disastrous consequences for herself and her family.

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Something in the Closet
Directed by Nosa Eke
Written by Nosa Eke & Alexandra Kessie
Produced by Andrew Oldbury & Holly Carrington

A queer teenager struggles with her sexuality, as desires manifest their way from the depths of her eerie closet into reality.

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