Sistah Sinema presents two short films about transwomen of color in connection with, I AM: a Trans* Art Exhibit at Waterloo Arts. The films will be followed by a moderated discussion, led by Zoë Renee Lapin.
KUMU HINA: A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE – Eleven year old Ho’onani dreams of leading the hula troupe at her Honolulu school. The only trouble is that the group is just for boys. She’s fortunate that her teacher understands first-hand what it’s like to be ‘in the middle’ – the ancient Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirit. Together they set out to prove that what matters most is to be true to yourself. (25 min) Honorable Mention for the Spalding + Jackson Award (In Celebration of Joy) at the 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival.
STEALTH – STEALTH tells the story of one brave eleven-year-old who dares to live life as herself, and it promotes acceptance of children facing the same obstacle as Sammy — How to fit in when you’re different. (22 min) Winner of the Best Student Short Film Award at the 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival.
COST: Free event, suggested $5 cash donation to benefit Margie’s Hope, a non-profit that helps transgender people secure stable housing, employment and other necessities.
Screening rights for these films were generously provided by the Cleveland International Film Festival.
The film screenings are part of Waterloo Arts, Trans* Art and Video Project supported by the City of Cleveland Cable Minority Arts and Education Fund- a supporting member of the Cleveland Foundation.