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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

 

 

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

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