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Boys & Girls

The opening of the film finds Keith in the shower, singing off key and at the top of his lungs, excited about meeting someone new on a date planned for 6:00 that night. Elsewhere in the city, Marion is attempting to scrub off the note she left herself on the back of her hand: “6 PM!!!” Marion struggles to put herself together on time, while Keith obsesses over last-minute muscle building and thinking up something to say. Finally, the two make it to the restaurant, where they pause outside to build up courage to go inside and finally meet but in a surprise ending, we discover that our assumptions about who they were meeting get turned upside down.

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Caged 

David and Niels are best friends who share a love of sport. David is torn when he discovers Niels is gay. It’s clear that homosexuality isn’t tolerated among their friends. Will David side with them or choose for his friendship with Niels?

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Gender Freak

On their way to class, Rachel bumps into a new kid, Sammy, who offends Rachel by making a comment about her bleached mustache. Rachel and her friends learn that Sammy is genderqueer, meaning Sammy doesn’t identify as either he or she. Amanda befriends Sammy, who likes Rachel and wants to be in her band, but Rachel is still put off. Rachel makes repeated failed attempts to ask Pete out; once she finally does, she realizes her friends are right and he really isn’t that great. Rachel accepts Sammy into her band and they play the dance, where Rachel defends her friends against homophobic insults from the audience in front of the entire school.

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I Don’t Want To Go Back Alone 

Leonardo is a blind 15 year old who navigates high school with the help of his best friend, Giovana. The arrival of Gabriel, a new student, introduces a whole new dynamic to Leo’s life. A love-triangle develops and Leo has to deal with the jealousy of Giovana while figuring out the new feelings he’s having towards his new friend, Gabriel.

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Kumu Hina: A Place in the Middle 

In this documentary, eleven year old Ho’onani dreams of leading the hula troupe at her inner-city Honolulu school. While the group is normally just for boys, she’s fortunate that her teacher understands first-hand what it’s like to be “in the middle” – the Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirit. Together they set out to prove that what matters most is what’s in your heart.

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No Bikini

Robin’s mother learns that her daughter can’t be trusted with a two piece bathing suit. At only seven years old, Robin spends “6 weeks of bliss” enrolled in summer swim camp, where she tosses aside her bikini top and pretends to be a boy. Robin swims, dives and plays with her peers, never revealing her biological gender. Through this process she experiences immense personal freedom and learns the constraints of prescribed gender.

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Princesa

Rey, a 28 year old Filipino-American father tells the Singkil, one of the Philippines most iconic and colorful traditional tales, to his children to calm them after a small earthquake. But his son, JoJo seems to be more interested in playing the Princess in the myth than the prince. This creates an awkward moment for Rey, who is now having his own masculinity and parenting skills questioned by his friends. Rey has to choose between the opinions of his peers and being a good father to his children.

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Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits 

This short documentary features Duane and his journey as someone who identifies as “Two Spirit” – a queer Aboriginal person. Duane speaks to the importance of art, creativity, and tradition and culture, in his story of coming out and exploring his identities.

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The Light

This music video from the artist Hollysiz, for her song “The Light,” relays the story of a gender non-conforming child who has trouble finding acceptance at school and at home with their father. While their mother is seemingly this child’s only ally, it takes time for this father to finally accept his child, no matter how they choose to express their gender.

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The Queen

Bobby, a Korean-American teenage outcast, is working at his parents’ dry cleaners over prom weekend. The prom queen and her boyfriend stop in to have their dress and tuxedo cleaned for the big night. After they leave, Bobby puts on the dress and imagines himself as prom queen, with a king to match.

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