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THEY

Through the prism of J, notions of in-between-ness, be that gender, national/ cultural identity, or indeed the very puzzling idea(s) of “home”, are explored.

Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun ‘They” and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago. J is exploring their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make a decision whether or not to transition. Over this crucial weekend while their parents are away, J’s sister Lauren and her maybe/maybe-not Iranian partner Araz arrive to take care of J. During this time together, J, Lauren and Araz form an intimate family unit. Each character is in a state of suspension, of being in-between, of not belonging. J voices what all three feel: a reluctance to change, a desire to remain in childhood where innocence is still possible even as it recedes into the distance

 

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In Post-Production

 

Written and Directed by

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

 

Produced by

Zoe Sua Cho

Simone Ling

 

In Association with

Leeden Media

Grasswood Media

 

Starring

Rhys Fehrenbacher

Koohyar Hosseini

Nicole Coffineau

 

Cinematography

Carolina Costa
 

Editor      

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

Dean Gonzalez

 

Production Designer

Yong Ok Lee

 

Music    

Vincent Gillioz

 

Sound design

Tom Haigh

 

Awards/Screening

Premiere - Cannes International Film 2017

2018 FestivalWisconsin Film Festival in Madison

2018 IFEMA – International Female Film Festival

2018Athens International Film and Video Festival

2018 Festival LGBT Centro Niemeyer

2018 Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival

2018 FIRE! Mostra Internacional de Cine Gai i Lesbià

2018 QFest – Houston LGBT Film Festival 

2018 Berlin Feminist Film Week

2018 BFI Flare – London LGBT Film Festival

2018 FEBIOFEST – Prague International Film Festival

2018 Pune International Film Festival

2018 Black Movie International Film Festival

2018 Mardis Gras LGBT Film Festival

2018 Berlin Feminist Film Week

2018 FEBIOFEST - Prague Film Festival

2018 Women International Film Festival Spain

2017 Torino Film Festival

2017 Deauville American Film Festival

2017 Persian Film Festival

2017 Adana Film Festival

2017 Helsinki Film Festival

2017 American Independant Film Festival

2017 Cologne Film Festival

2017 Festival do Rio

2017 Haifa International Film Festival

2017 Lugano Human Rights Film Festival

2017 Woodstock Film Festival

2017 Busan International Film Festival

2017 Chicago International Film Festival

2017 New Fest LGBT New York  Film Festival

2017 Diaspora Film Festival

2017 Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Film Festival

2017 Queersicht Film Festival

2017 Pink Screens Film Festival

2017 San Diego Asian Film Festival