Trans* Film Fest Stockholm 2015 Programme

13.30 Welcome & Introduction

14.00 Long Shorts (84 mins)

  • I Still Believe, 40 mins
  • (In)Visible, 20 mins
  • Kumu Hina: A Place in the Middle, 24 mins

15.30 Break

16.00 Shorts (48 mins)

  • Female Masculinity Appreciation Society, 11 mins
  • Förstår Du Vad Jag Menar?, 8 mins
  • PUSH ME, 25 mins
  • FLOAT, 4 mins

17.00 PANELA Conversation on Trans* Representation in Film with Tine Alavi, Saga Becker, Wibke Straube & Miles Rutendo Tanhira

18.00 Dinner

19.00 Long Film – Two 4 One, 77 mins

20.45 Long Film – Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger, 72 mins

22.15 Close & Thanks

TFFS Official Selection


I Still Believe, 40 mins, Poland, 2011, Magda Mosiewicz / Polish / English subtitles

A fascinating film about the activist of the Solidarity movement in Poland in the 1980s, Marek Holuszko, who in 2000 became Ewa Holuszko and stopped fitting into the Polish patriotic narration. Socially, Poland has transformed tremendously since 1989 and Ewa fought for these systemic changes: as one of the original members of Solidarity, she organised strikes and spent some time in prison. But now, what kind of home is this free Poland for Ewa Holuszko? Is it the kind of Poland that Ewa fought for?

(In)Visible, 20 mins, Sweden, 2014, Miles Rutendo Tanhira / English / No subtitles

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – for some LGBTQI asylum seekers this step is the escape from persecution in their home countries in search of safety and protection in Sweden. (In)Visible narratives of LGBT newcomers highlights the diverse stories of lesbian, gay and trans* people from Russia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Pakistan. The individuals who now have permanent residency in Sweden share their tales of pain, fear, isolation, surprises, hopes and dreams.

Kumu Hina: A Place in the Middle, 24 mins, USA, 2014, Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson / English & Hawaiian / English subtitles /

Eleven year old Ho’onani dreams of leading the hula troupe at their inner-city Honolulu school. The only trouble is that the group is just for boys. They are fortunate that their teacher understands first-hand what it’s like to be “in the middle” – the Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirit. Together they set out to prove that what matters most is what’s in your heart.

Female Masculinity Appreciation Society, 12 mins, UK, 2014, Angie West & Jac Nunns / English / No subtitles /

The Female Masculinity Appreciation Society is a sort of gentlemen’s club for queer women and those who love them. Follow Cookie and Foxy Ven in their quest to reach the arm-wrestling finals, discover the reason behind Rubyyy’s ginger moustache and judge for yourself the standards in Dapper wear. Filmed at Wotever World in London’s iconic queer pub, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Förstår Du Vad Jag Menar?, 8 mins, Sweden, 2015, BlatteQueers i film / Swedish / No subtitles

PUSH ME, 25 mins, Sweden, 2014, Tove Pils / Swedish / English subtitles /

Siri is at a turning point of her life. She feels frustrated about not daring to do what she wants and dreams about. She feels like the society, as well as her own boundaries, stop her from living fully; be who she wants to be, scream when she wants to scream, and live out her fantasy about dominating someone else sexually. Her new friend Lee, a transgender performance artist, is going to help her get rid of her fears.

FLOAT, 4 mins, USA, 2015, Sam Berliner / No dialogue /

Float is an experimental short film (shot completely underwater) with trans and genderqueer folks swimming naked, set to music by trans musician, Rae Spoon.

Two 4 One, 77 mins, Canada, 2014, Maureen Bradley / English / No subtitles /

A bittersweet romantic comedy with a transgender hero… When Adam helps his baby-crazy ex-girlfriend Miriam artificially inseminate, they wind up in bed together – and they both get pregnant.

Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger, 72 mins, USA, 2014, Sam Feder / English / No subtitles /

Performance artist and writer Kate Bornstein explodes binaries while deconstructing gender—and her own identity. Trans-dyke. Reluctant polyamorist. Sadomasochist. Recovering Scientologist. Pioneering gender outlaw. Sam Feder’s playful and meditative portrait on Bornstein, captures rollicking public performances and painful personal revelations as it bears witness to Kate as a trailblazing artist-theorist-activist who inhabits a space between male and female with wit, style and astonishing candour.


A Conversation on Trans* Representation in Film with Tine Alavi, Saga Becker, Wibke Straube & Miles Rutendo Tanhira

Tine Alavi is the director for BlatteQueers i film, a short film project working with young, queer people of colour in Sweden addressing central themes related to gender identity, sexuality and racism.

Saga Becker is 26, an actress, multi-artist and activist, and the first transgender person to win a Guldbagge Award for Best Female Performance in “Nånting måste gå sönder”.

Wibke Straube is a gender studies scholar and transfeminist activist based in Berlin (D) and Karlstad (SE), working at the Centre for Gender Research at Karlstad University. Wibke’s research focuses on gender dissidence in visual cultures. When not teaching, writing or organising conferences, Wibke likes to garden, look out for upcoming trans movies, or visit queer art exhibitions.

Miles Rutendo Tanhira is the director of (In)Visible, as well as being a journalist, feminist, blogger, human rights defender and LGBTI rights activist.

A Conversation on Trans_ Representation in Film

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