BLACKTRANSEVERYTHING Film Festival - Representations


Representations featuring Seven King

There’s a lot of new media coming out with characters that are black trans people, but how often are we the creators of our own stories? Join us as we view and discuss new and emerging work created and produced by black trans and gender non-conforming people. Featuring Seven King #blacktranseverything writer, director, producer of the upcoming new series premiering this September, Edens Garden – a new series created by King focusing on socially relevant issues including: trans-dating, same-sex dating, HIV and AIDS awareness, homophobia, gay-bashing, trans-bashing and more.

Q&A with “Edens Garden” creator Seven King.

BLACKTRANSEVERYTHING Film Festival - Oya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa

Oya: Something Happened On the Way to West Africa!
Oluseyi Adebanjo, 2015, 33 min

This beautiful new documentary from #blacktranseverything artist/educator Oluseyi Adebanjo follows the journey of Queer Gender Non Conforming Nigerian Seyi Adebanjo as Seyi returns home to speak directly with ancestors, connect with Òrìṣà (African God/dess) tradition, and follow a trail back to the powerful legacy of great grandmother, Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọlọ́ya. This personal and political story vibrantly investigates the heritage of command, mythology, gender fluidity and the hidden truth that women are behind the power of indigenous Yorùbá spirituality. The documentary illuminates the lives of Òrìṣà Ọya (Warrior Goddess), Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọlọ́ya and Seyi Adebanjo while interweaving Yorùbá mythology, poetry, performance, and expert interviews.

Join us for performances and a Q&A after the film.

BLACKTRANSMEDIA Film Festival - Passing

Lucah Rosenberg-Lee and J. Mitchell Reed, 2015, 22 min

Passing features Toronto native and #blacktranseverything producer Lucah on his journey as he examines experiences of racism and sexism today, through the eyes of 3 transmen of colour.

Q&A with co-director Lucah Rosenberg Lee and Passing character Sasha Alexander Perez.

Roots of South African Jazz

Hosted by Seton Hawkins W/Guests
As the first Jazz 78s made their way across the Atlantic to South Africa, they met up with South Africa’s own marabi culture, and a new musical styles was born. Join us as we explore through rare film and audio some of the earliest South African Jazz music that would come to inspire and inform masters like Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, and Abdullah Ibrahim.

Menstruation for Beginners

Menstruation for Beginners (Recommended for ages 9-14)
Special Film Screening & Presentation for Young People

With short films made in the United States, India, Philippines and Slovakia, this program has been designed to provide young audiences with a kid-friendly period-positive global introduction to menstruation.

Shorts Series 1: Menstrual Management & Mishaps
87 min
A menstruating puppy eludes a young group of brothers; a self-taught mechanic designs a groundbreaking low-cost sanitary pad machine; and a young girl attempts to fast-track her way to womanhood through somewhat unconventional means. Enjoy this collection of unexpected and sometimes humorous short films about the fine art of managing menstruation.

Q&A with select directors.

Period: The End of Menstruation?
Giovanna Chesler, USA, 2005, 53 min, Documentary
As millions of women and girls take shots and pills to stop their periods, Period: The End of Menstruation? explores the cultural and medical side effects of menstrual suppression.

Preceded by
Vivian: A Period Piece

Aimee Dixon, USA, 2002, 23 min, Narrative
Erin struggles to balance her life between law school and her relationship. However, she is repeatedly interrupted and overwhelmed by a visit from her monthly friend, Vivian.

Q&A with Director Giovanna Chesler & Reception.

Art, Film & Menstruation
Art, film and menstruation gently collide to create this diverse artists’ journey into the world of menstruation. This program will begin with a screening of experimental video works, followed by a panel discussion with selected featured artists.

The program will include a live performance by Swedish menstrual performance troupe, Mensmagi (Menstrual Magic) and screening followed by Q&A with select directors and performers.