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Anahita Ghazvinizadeh USA, Qatar / 2017 / 80 minutes East Coast Premiere
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Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
In this succinct, enchanting look at modern-day identity issues, writer-director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh's They tenderly follows fourteen-year-old J, who goes by the pronoun "they," during a crucial three-day time span. J lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago and is exploring their gender identity, all the while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make a decision whether or not to transition. Over a long weekend while their parents are away, J's sister Lauren and her Iranian friend/partner Araz arrive to take care of they. With a haunting central performance by Rhys Fehrenbacher, the film is refreshingly non-judgmental in a way rarely seen in real life, much less on screen. — Monique Ray
BIO: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh (born 1989 in Tehran, Iran) received her BFA in film from Tehran University of Art and her MFA in studio arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. When the Kid was a Kid, Needle, and The Baron in the Trees form the trilogy of short films directed by her with children as main characters. Childhood and parenthood, family theater, and exploring notions of growth and gender identity are the main themes of these works. She is the winner of the Cinéfondation First Prize at Cannes and the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival among other awards. Anahita was selected as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent filmmaking in 2013 by Filmmaker Magazine. Anahita's feature debut, They, premiered as an Official Selection of the 2017 Festival de Cannes.
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