An Evening of Trans Cinema [screening + discussion]
presented by the Transgender Media Portal of Carleton University
Knot Project Space
2 Daly Ave
Discussion to follow
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Major! - Annalise Orphelian (2014) 93 min.
Major! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of colour for over 40 years.
Leon Laidlaw is a PhD student in Sociology at Carleton University, where he works at the intersection of transgender studies and critical criminology. His current research explores how carceral powers condition the lives of two-spirit and trans people in Canada.”
Thane Robyn is an artist, organizer, community builder, and facilitator hailing from South Africa (the best country in the world), who currently resides in on Algonquin territory. Some of his favourite projects have included: creating a filmmaking series for lgbtq+ youth, working with Spectrum: Waterloo Region’s Rainbow Community Space, and currently sitting on the board at Kind Space. Thane is as passionate about dismantling white cisheteropatriarchy as he is about fermenting food, hanging out with his dog and family, wearing plaid, and sleeping in a hammock. Thane is a trans powerhouse and community worker who is ready to help you be a better trans ally as long as you’re ready to do the work. Contact him at Robyn Media (@r.bynmedia)
The Transgender Media Portal Project is a SSHRC-funded project operating through Carleton University that endeavours to create a collaborative online database of trans, Two Spirit, nonbinary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming filmmakers and their works. This screening serves as an opportunity to enjoy a sample of those works and to interact with others who share an interest in trans cinema.
Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply “Mama” to many in her community. Her personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls, trans women of colour who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s jails and prisons. https://www.missmajorfilm.com
cw: prison system, prison abolition, transphobia, racism, violence
All information regarding the physical accessibility of Knot Project Space can be found on SAW Video's website at the following address: https://www.sawvideo.com/index.php/node/518