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LIGLFF presents Shes A Boy I Knew
Cinema Arts Centre
Huntingtin, NY
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LIGLFF presents Shes A Boy I Knew
Shes A Boy I Knew
(Gwen Haworth, Canada, 2007, 70 min)

This auto-ethnography begins in 2000 with Steven Haworth's decision to come out to his family about his life-long female gender identity. It is not only an exploration into the filmmaker's process of transition from biological male to female, from Steven to Gwen, but also an emotionally charged account of the individual experiences, struggles, and stakes that her two sisters, mother, father, best friend and wife brought to Gwen's transition. Under Haworth's sensitive eye, each stepping stone in the process of transitioning becomes an opportunity to explore her community's and our own underlying assumptions about gender and sexuality. In these tender and difficult moments, we are forced to question our own assumptions about the role that names, clothing, and anatomy play in our constructions of gender identity. As her transition progresses, Gwen is forced to reckon with the end of her marriage and the loss of her status as son and brother. But in doing so, she also discovers that while the nature of personal relationships may change, the love and support present within those relationships can remain just as powerful and sometimes even more so. Audience Award for Best Documentary at Inside Out Toronto, Fairy Tales Calgary and Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals, Best of Fest at ReelOut9 Queer Film & Video Festival and Audience Choice Award at Image+nation Montreal International LGBT Film Festival

Preceded by Waiting For Yvette (Justin Ross, USA, 2007, 13 min) Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me) stars as the pre-op transsexual, attending her final session of the Gay Mens Stag Tuesday Night A.A. Meeting prior to her operation, and who just might be having second and third thoughts about parting with her parts. Waiting for Yvette is a heartfelt comedy about friendship, denial and finding the deeper truth of ourselves beyond the one we tell.

Following the screening there will be a reception in the Sky Cafe sponsored by Transgender Day of Remembrance, free to all ticket holders.

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Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntingtin, NY 11743
United States


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Film

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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