Reelout: Saturday February 8
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM – 1 Contrary 5 Agokwe-Nini
d. Carmel Whittle & Howard Adler. 41min. Canada. 2019
The film is a talk-show style documentary film hosted by the one and only ‘contrary’ Alik Beavers (aka Sharp Dopler), and features 5 Agokwe-Nini guest speakers: Ashley Grenstone, Benny Michaud, Théo Paradis-Ottawa, Kole Peplinski and Carmel Whittle. They discuss gender, sexuality, Indigenous identity, traditional two-spirit roles, terminology, accessing ceremonial spaces, and safe spaces in mainstream society. In Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibwe language), the world is structured around the animacy of the universe- animate/inanimate, or in simpler terms living/dead – it is not structured around gender -masculine/feminine, him/her – such as many European languages. Thus in the Ojibwe worldview, it can be said that we’re less concerned with one’s gender and more focused on living a good life. In Anishinaabemowin, there are words that were traditionally used to describe people who chose to dress and live as a woman or a man, regardless of the gender they were born into. They took on the gender- roles they felt most comfortable in and this was normal and socially accepted in traditional Anishinaabeg communities. If someone was assigned female at birth, but later in life chose to take on the gender-roles of a man, they were called Agokwe-Nini, which literally translates as ‘wise-woman-man’. Another word is Ogichidaakwe (Warrior woman), which was also used to describe someone that was born female but chose to take on the gender-roles of a man.
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2:00 PM – 3:40 PM – Zen in the Ice Rift
d. Margherita Ferri 87min Italy 2018
Teenage hockey standout Maia adamantly prefers to be called Zen. Sporting androgynous looks, Zen is quick and cunning on the rink, even competing on the boys’ team. Off the ice, though, Zen stays on the defensive, creating a well-maintained barrier to avoid the ever-growing onslaught of bullying coming from the small-town, small-minded kids who share their snowy mountain village. But when the team captain’s girlfriend Vanessa takes refuge in Zen’s family lodge, Zen—reluctantly at first—finds the ice walls beginning to break, and shared confidences soon lead to much more.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Italy’s Apennine range, Zen in the Ice Rift is writer-director Margherita Ferri’s sensitively told, beautifully photographed debut feature, providing time and space for her young protagonists to gingerly open doors of gender and sexual exploration. Anchored by an exquisite, emotionally candid performance by newcomer Eleonora Conti as Zen, the film is far more than a “coming-of-age” drama – it reveals a complex person in their first thaw, coming unto themselves.
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