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Recognition, Liberation, Celebration

Over the years, we have watched the struggle for trans liberation make immense strides. Outdated ideas about gender have been torn down by people fighting to be recognized for who they are. That struggle has also met with devastating setbacks in recent years in the form of reactionary legislation and inflammatory public discourse – including provocations to violence. Despite everything, trans people will persevere and find moments of joy and solace in community. These documentaries follow such individuals as they experience hardship, heal from trauma, and celebrate life – all with the knowledge that there is no option but for the world to change.

Program curated by Arzhang Zafar.

Pre-recorded Q&A available with rental.

In this program

Golden Voice

Directed by Mars Verrone

Forty years after the Cambodian genocide, a transgender man returns to the village where he not only survived but miraculously found queer and transgender community, including the love of his life.


Directed by Iranmehr Salimi

Zainab is a successful girl volleyball player who considers herself a boy in spirit, and now she has decided to undergo gender transition. If she does this, she will lose her professional future forever due to her short stature, as well as her livelihood – jeopardizing her family.

The Alexander Ball

Directed by Jessica Magro

An observational documentary extravaganza celebrating Samoan-Māori-Australian trans woman of colour, Ella Ganza, and the Meanjin (Brisbane) ballroom scene, as the community prepares for one of biggest ballroom events of the year: The Alexander Ball.