May 26, 2021
Everyone visible as a trans activist is a brick addition to the Stonewall legacy!
That is also how TranScreen has its legends, on whose shoulders we will continue and that is why we asked them to name their most memorable film and why they choose that one. Here are some answers:
One that I always go back to is the Moralist Instruction Musical: The Revolutionary Conduct (2010), it’s still fresh and relevant as ever, also: tampon-earrings never looked better on the subversive ten percent.
Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger (2014) was a documentary that really stuck with me. This awesome person, too avantgarde for our modern world but knowing exactly how to navigate it. Kate has such a rich history, including injustices and sickness, but her spirits are fiercely up, sending out hope for new generations of gender outlaws. A radical feminist, punk and hippie, she is the auntie I never had. (For trailer scroll down to May 19.)
I choose Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, a personality you won’t forget, a pain in the ass you’ll love forever and will stay with you the rest of your life, beautiful filmed by Sam Feder.
N.B. This movie was made by Sam Feder, who also made Disclosure, a movie that can be seen on Dutch Netflix.
I have chosen a film that I still think about regularly, and which also has (had) an impact on me. One of my favorites (it’s so difficult to choose) is Vem ska knulla pappa? from Lasse Långstrom (2017). The film is so free, and I love the aesthetic.
Two movies touched my heart, for now I will go for Reina De Corazones (Queen of Hearts) by Guillermo Bergandi (2016). The movie is very important because you take people that normally are the subjects of other people’s writing/plays while here they write about and represent themselves. In that sense it is very powerful and I also felt very connected to it. It is a beautiful project.
My favorite from the past editions is Something about Alex (Anders) directed by Reinout Hellenthal (2017). This short Dutch film depicts in a – to me – convincing, poignant way the emotional life of an adolescent with gender dysphoria. Due to the appropriate plot twist; form and content reinforce each other in a striking way.
We take off our queer cheerful hats for:
Alejandra, Eliza, Gabriël, Jiro, Karola, Lara, Maik, Mijke, Mijke, Plette, Samuel, Vick, Willemijn
We hope to see you soon at our next event!
All TranScreenies and former TranScreenies!!
May 25, 2021
We are slowly coming to the end of this year’s TranScreen Film Festival 2021, which means you will have to act fast if you want to catch all the great movies we’re screening, before we have to go offline again.
If you have not got around to it yet, due to circumstances, you will have to set up a serious military operation to enjoy all 12 of the gems we have to offer this year. Consider it a Cinephille’s bootcamp.
Talking about the military, this is a workplace where little positive can be said about experiences of trans people. In many countries you are not welcome in this work environment, and trans people who make their living within the military-industrial complex face huge amounts of discrimination, and have often been fodder for transphobic ‘culture wars’. We now have a film about the army that is at odds with previous films we screened about the army, and certainly comes at it from a different perspective.
The film Ich bin Anastasia allows us to see Anastasia Biefang in her work place, thriving professionally, keeping her place and championing other future female colleagues.
If you want to belong to a peaceful army, then join our swarm of volunteers and sign up for our newsletter! No, we won’t bombard your inbox, just keep y’all in the loop once in a while 🙂
We at TranScreen are pacifist; but we do want to see acceptance in every workplace and every environment. That’s why we wanted to show Ich bin Anastasia back-to-back with Maria Luiza created by Marcelo Díaz (2019). Unfortunately Ich bin Anastasia withdrew just before the festival in 2019 and unfortunately only a sad army film was shown back then.
What do we mean by this? Watch the trailer:
May 24, 2021
If all the very exciting events we offered you the last 11 days (live Insta sessions, workshops, panels, teaser stories, amazing films) haven’t thrilled you enough already; now get ready for a completely different level of thrill … seeking: a true thriller movie!
It is a TranScreen first – which is harder to do than you might think! In previous editions we showed animation, biographical film, comedy, dance film, drama, experimental, fiction, horror, interview, musical, music video, poetry, porn, road movies, rockumentary, romance, sci-fi, shorts, video-loops, nearly too much to mention. And now we can add neo-noir thriller to that list.
Rencor Tatuado (Tattoo of Revenge), directed by Julián Hernández, is a true thriller with a strong transgender heroine. We really strive to look for films where trans characters are played by trans people. Whilst the female protagonist is played by a cis actor, the trans character is played by a woman. Seeing this is already a progress, we did not want to keep this film from you on that basis alone. As the story is very good, it was more than worthwhile to be selected, and seen!
On a whole other level, in 2019 we had a comedy series, The Switch, in which all trans roles are played by trans and non-binary actors and actresses – so it surely can be done!
The Switch was hosted on our event by OUTtv, take a look at the trailer below:
May 21, 2021
Hugging madness. That will surely be the next pandemic wave! With more and more people vaccinated, people crave cuddling others, seeing others live and interacting with each other even more. The fact that the end of distance is in sight, but just cannot be touched, is so difficult to stomach.
Having love around you, someone who supports you and tries to understand you is just as important as air. You can see how important that really is in many of our films, but certainly on Saturday May 22nd, when the selection Transitions of Life can be seen. Short films follow each other with different people of increasing age. This block is only for sale this day, but can be viewed for 48 hours afterwards. Get it!
When you have no one to accompany you in life and you feel you battle your days alone every day, self-love is even more important. That is why our workshop The Fight Qlub will also take place this Saturday May 22nd, where you work on self-confidence and thus create an opening in accepting yourself. Every person is an addition, you too.
During TranScreen 2017 we showed the film My Nature by Massimiliano Ferraina & Gianluca Loffredo (2016). A wonderful film about Simon’s voyage of discovery. The path to a complete understanding and realization of his dreams is still influenced by events from his past. Through new experiences with new friends and conscious contact with nature, he learns, after years of self-hatred, to love himself.
Watch the trailer here and take on that journey to look for your special “self”:
May 20, 2021
There are so many types of people and therefore so many styles of love. But the basic rainbow flag is limited to just six colors, so there was a more inclusive flag developed with eleven colors. The rainbow flag we are most familiar with, now features black, brown, light blue, pink, and white stripes to bring those communities (marginalized black queer folx and people of color, trans individuals, and those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have been lost) to the forefront.
Whereas previously people talked about the LGB-community, it has gradually expanded to the alphabet soup lgbttiqqaap+ that makes your tongue twist. Where we may have a can of alphabet soup, in Japan they use their entire kitchen utensils to categorize, or label themselves. Giving specificity to vast array of different forms of personal expressions of gender and sexuality.
Here is a small selection of Japanese terms:
Okama, onabe, okoge, hentai, dōseiai, gei, rezubian, bian, baisekusharu, nonke, onē, toransujendā, toransu, seidoitsuseishogai, nyūhāfu, kuia, nanshoku, josou, joshoku, ukiyo, onnagata, ekusu jenda, haninyo, asekushuaru, museiai, futsū, jani, kuma…
The super colorful movie Queer Japan is highly recommended!
Small warning: because of the fast pace, amazing visuals and saturated colors, this movie can be hard to keep up with. But don’t worry about missing a beat, because you have 48 hours to scroll sections back to watch it a hundred times; again and again if you like. This movie is a feast for the eyes and you should savor every bite.
In 2015 we also had such a great colorful entry that takes you through all your emotions. You can watch the movie Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day! made by Christian Larrave (2014) here. Turn up your sound, sweet and loud:
May 19, 2021
Today TranScreen and Cultuurticket close a promotion for a free ticket on the occasion of IDAHOBIT, or May 17th!
IDAHOBIT, I hear you think. What does that abbreviation stand for? An International Day Against HOmophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia. In 1990, we were finally no longer considered mentally ill by the World Health Organization (WHO). ‘Homosexuality’ was officially removed from the international list of diseases. We, as trans people, however continued to be classified as mentally ill for some time. Until 2014, trans people were not allowed to reproduce in the Netherlands and you were sterilized.
Due to transphobia, trans people are still being murdered worldwide to this day just by existing. This even includes teenagers and young people. Most of the victims are trans women. Trans women of color are at an even higher risk. Migrants and sex workers are also often victims of fatal violence.
Trans women sometimes also flee to the Netherlands, where they are housed in asylum seekers houses. They flee for their safety, but the problems travel with them. In the Netherlands, they find some support from TransUnited in this. They created a Safe Space in Amsterdam. Tonight, Lya (a refugee herself), will tell more about this on Instagram Live. Log in on time, the live conversation starts at 8:00 PM.
The films Major & Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger are films that we have shown before. In these films, two activists and community leaders are featured.
You can now see Major for free with your Cineville Pass via their website, because this film must continue to be shown.
In 2015, TranScreen showed the film Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger directed by Sam Feder (2014) during their film festival.
Here an impression in the official trailer:
May 18, 2021
We hope you have already watched a great movie from our selection 2021. So, time for some self-reflection.
How do you say goodbye to your old me? Often an image created by the surroundings: family, school, and society.
Are you celebrating when you can finally be yourself? Or are you going to burn everything ritually? Or are you making a small altar for your alter-ego? Who are you taking with you regarding your changes? With whom do you share your deepest secrets? Is that something you have to share during your mandatory visits to the psychiatrist? Because well, let’s be honest, if you want botox lips as a cis person, that makes sense, but if you want this as a trans person to feel better about yourself, you have to talk about it for months first.
TranScreen has also been on their journey for more than 10 years and is far from finished. For example, in 2011 we showed the film Trans directed by Chris Arnold. A special documentary about women, men and all variations in between.
Life is a journey for everyone, regardless of your gender, one goes straight ahead, the other one goes in a different direction and discovers the alternative route.
Every journey is valuable. Each path teaches you new things. You can visually join a ROAD TRIP we selected this year! Buy a ticket to support us and travel along with the sweet movie Lola Vers La Mer.
Here is the trailer of the movie Trans:
May 14, 2021
Ah, so you thought we would leave you alone? No way, we can still tease your other senses besides the eyes during this festival! Therefore we are going to keep the teasers coming during this festival! Your eyes are in shape already, no question about that, but that looks weird in comparison to the rest of your body, right! Therefore we have a motivating panel on Saturday 15th for your ears as well.
When you meet these amazing people, you will get into the mood to work out yourself, so listen, join in the conversation, ask questions, but first of all: SIGN UP! This event is over. You can see the panel talk (again), here.
What made her so strong and fierce, you wonder?? Because she fought life itself!! AND won.
Laura van Beckhoven:
What made her so fast?? She ran after her dream, caught up and concurred!! Now living her dream being herself.
How were they able to set up an entire Safe Space gym?? Because they are stronger than two boxes society tries to force us into, destroying them and building a new one from scratch!!
Why is he athletic like Atlas?? He took on a world dominated by inequality making it a better place for Black Queer, Trans people and People of Color!!
What makes him an amazing superstar?? His theater play is staged at the gym!! He not only trained to become himself, but could also be your personal trainer!!
Get to know Fallon Fox:
May 13, 2021
We want to thank everyone who made our festival possible again, this also concerns all volunteers and everyone who (almost) selflessly cooperates to make this possible. MEGA THANKS !! <3 <3 <3
But we also want to thank you as a viewer very much, you give us the mojo we need, to keep this up.
This year Fox and Owl will join our festival again with their contribution Sorry, out of gender, just like all previous years; they now belong to the TranScreen family 🙂 They showed, among other films, My Genderation in 2015. Tonight at 8 PM Dutch time they are part of the opening online.
Well, your eyes are ready, we are ready, on to the real thing: the opening online at 8:00 pm Dutch Time – !click here!
Trailer My Genderation:
May 12, 2021
Sometimes the outside world asks us why we actively involve in protest for Trans Rights. This is because little progress is being made and we are too often still confronted with stories from our community about how medically, legally or society reacts to our existence (in addition to our own experiences.) The steps forward take a long time and are small. To be alternated with recoil now and then.
We are still fighting for the same things that people asked for 50 years ago. We would therefore like to continue to highlight our heroes at our film festival.
The movie Happy Birthday Marsha! produced by Sasha Wortzel (2018), we showed at our festival in 2019. Here we honor the hard work of the amazing advocate Marsha P. Johnson. So important!
Where there really is still a bridge to build, is in the sports world. The discussions that are now taking place about sports in the news, and even at the IOC, indicate how relevant the following films are that can be seen with us. Trans people also exercise, get over it: sport is a joy, especially practiced together! Watch a movie together: Changing the Game or Zen in the Ice Rift, afterwards you can take a long walk together, chat and work on your physique.
There will also be an ONLINE panel that you can attend (for free and in English, well at least we try our hardest to make it sound as English as possible ;p ) on May 22 at 18:00h.
Watch the trailer about the life of the highly respected Marsha P. Johnson:
May 11, 2021
Have you ever had to leave for who you are: sports, changing room, toilet, shop, house? Leave your family behind? Because they didn’t see you? Because you brought shame to your family? Shame on an entire community? Have to leave your country? Leaving everyone and everything behind? Living out of a car trunk? Always on the run. Not at home in a house. Not at home in your own physical house. No home. You do not exist in language.
Know that whoever you are, there is always someone who sees you for the unique and beautiful person that you are. Maybe you do not have that today, but who knows who you may find tomorrow.
In 2015 we showed the short film Black is Blue written and directed by Cheryl Dunye (2014). Here we learned that Black lives in a car.
You can be there for people, too. People like Mala <3, Inaya <3 and all the other persons featured in this block of short documentaries. Support the community, buy a ticket for the shorts block: Queering Kinship.
Watch the trailer of Black is Blue:
May 10, 2021
In 2013, the volunteers from TranScreen watched the following video a little too often. How did we know about each other? The red cheeks gave it away! What a sensation this video was, the fumes are still coming off. The short film Narcissus is directed by Coral Short (2011). This short hot thing became the big winner of the festival in 2013, under the category: shorts.
A young man becomes fascinated with his own image and begins to flirt with himself. Will there be a kiss?
It is so important that you discover yourself, especially if you have yet to grow into a new identity. Thus, self-reflection becomes SELF-LOVE.
Searching for yourself can be a lonely road. How nice it can be, to be who you are as a child, to be able to express yourself in the most creative forms. Up until a decade ago we used to look in to the mirror, now you can support others in that quest with vlogs. Buy a ticket for a movie from this edition – for example for the movie Alice Junior.
First, enjoy the Narcissus trailer:
May 9, 2021
In 2019 we were allowed to organize the fifth edition of TranScreen. The big winner of that festival was the film Saturday Church written and directed by Damon Cardasis (2018).
A 14-year-old on a musical life journey. The story is inspired on true events.
Featuring stars from the hit series POSE!
This film is highly recommended, you should have seen it in the cinema. So don’t miss our online gems this year, buy a ticket for a film from this edition – for example for the Out Loud block.
Watch the already golden oldie Saturday Church trailer: