Waterloo Arts Hosts Two Films on Trans Women of Color This Friday

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In conjunction with their I AM: A Trans Art Exhibition, Waterloo Arts is hosting a special film screening at 6:30 p.m. this Friday, May 1, as part of this month’s Walk All Over Waterloo. Presented in partnership with Sistah Sinema and the Cleveland International Film Festival, the evening includes two short films about trans women of color. Following the films, a moderated discussion will be led by Zoë Renee Lapin.

“I find it extremely important that we are holding discussions around trans and non-binary narratives and uplifting the voices from these communities,” explains Lapin. “Visibility is immensely important for marginalized communities and the fact that more avenues are being created for trans and non-binary people to share their truths is a testament to how community and solidarity is supposed to look like.”

Here are the descriptions from the organizers:

KUMU HINA: A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE tells the story of Ho’onani, an eleven year old who dreams of leading the all-male hula troupe at her Honolulu school. She’s aided by her teacher, who understands firsthand what it’s like to be “in the middle,” the ancient Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirits. The film won an Honorable Mention for the Spalding + Jackson Award (in Celebration of Joy) at this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival (25 mins.)

STEALTH is a 22-minute short film exploring Sammy, a brave eleven-year-old embracing herself and promoting acceptance of children facing similar obstacles. STEALTH won the Best Student Short Film Award at this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival. (22 mins.)

Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to benefit Margie’s Hope.

(Waterloo Arts) 15605 Waterloo Rd., 216-692-9500, waterlooarts.org.


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