Translations 2020 – Shorts: Art & Resistance [Online]

This event took place on May 10, 2020

Sliding scale admission: $0–25

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Northwest Film Forum is SCREENING ONLINE! NWFF’s physical space is temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, but community, dialogue, and education through media arts WILL persist.

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If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” – Zora Neale Hurston

In times like these, we turn to artists and radical resisters to express and share their actions and creations in ways we find resonant, provocative, comforting, and/or challenging. From public calls to action through peaceful demonstrations and “guerrilla” performances to deeply personal conversations in private places, this lineup offers us ways to see ourselves as belonging to each other in and through radical resistance, which often begins with owning the meaning of who we are to ourselves.

Content Warning: Implied violence, vulgar language, discussion of harassment and discrimination, non-explicit sexual situations, and description of sexual abuse

* This program includes English captions & subtitles.

Short Film Program:

Honor Black Trans Womxn!

(Seyi Adebanjo & The NY Transgender Advocacy Group, US, 2019, 6 min)

What would it look like if Black Trans womxn were allowed to thrive? The Hands Off Trans Bodies Rally was held on May 24, 2019, because three Black Transgender womxn were murdered within eight days of each other. This is a call to action!


(Hugo Kenzo & Sophia Shek, Hong Kong, 2019, 7 min, with subtitles)

Singer-songwriter Vincy explores the meaning of those words closest to their being: music, love, queerness, and Asian identity.

Across, Beyond, and Over

(Brit Fryer & Nona Schamus, US, 2019, 12 min, Closed Captions)

In this bold, heartwarming hybrid documentary, two estranged trans men who used to date in middle school reconnect over a long weekend to confront who they are through memories of their relationship and breakup.

Woman Dress

(Thirza Cuthand, Canada, 2019, 6 min, Open Captions)

Woman Dress is a legendary two-spirit person who travels the lands among their people. Using archival images and dramatized reenactments, First Nations filmmaker Thirza Cuthand shares a family oral story that honors and respects Woman Dress.


(Navid Mashayekhi, Canada, 2019, 19 min)

We usually try to be something, to become someone. This personal documentary chronicles the life of Logan, who is trans and has a disability and has fought to “unbecome” everything he’s been until now—everything that wasn’t really him in the first place—as he talks openly about his early childhood, a traumatic adolescence, and his close relationship with his father.

** Trigger Warning: Description of sexual abuse **

Trans 128

(Jimmy Zhang, US, 2019, 8 min, Closed Captions)

It’s a political statement to be in the spotlight and contribute to the growing community of Trans womxn,” Frida Ibarra says about her involvement in the electronic music scene. Ibarra uses her music as a platform to discuss the importance of sanctuaries for queer and trans people of color outside the mainstream gay communities of San Francisco.

Out on the Inside

(Monica Lam, US, 2019, 10 min)

At a men’s prison in Vacaville, California, approximately two dozen transgender women have no choice but to learn to live side by side with more than two thousand cisgender men. Some live in huge dormitories, some in single cells, but all have had to fight to express their identities. Out on the Inside presents a unique set of stories about exploitation of human bodies inside the prison-industrial complex.


(Pacha Queer & Melida Coello, Ecuador, 2020, 30 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

In this documentary, the Pacha Queer movement, a dissident, rebel, counter-cultural, and “self-festive” community based in Quito, Ecuador, uses performance art to campaign for social, political, and sexual liberation.

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