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Austin Unbound
 
Documentary
44 minutes
2011
Director(s): Eliza Greenwood
USA
Fri 10:00am Varsity 5
Sat 12:30pm Varsity 5
Sun 3:30pm Varsity 5
Mon 6:30pm Varsity 5
Synopsis

The reflections of Austin, a deaf transsexual, are documented during a pivotal stage in his transgendering process — undertaking “top surgery.” While Austin is comfortable with his deafness and refuses to “fix” his hearing, he is adamant about discarding the binder he has long used to flatten his breasts.

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Austin’s female anatomy did not match his mind, heart or spirit. “I felt like I was wearing a Halloween costume,” he signs. James, Austin’s childhood friend, accompanies him to San Francisco (with a stop in Ashland) for his surgery and recovery as Lola, Austin’s girlfriend, lends love and support. Unbound at last, Austin is eager to get on with life. His journey is an inspiration to his community and beyond as he shares his intimate insights with self-awareness and humor. Sign-interpreted Q&A to follow screenings. [subtitles]

Playing with ...
 
Documentary
29 minutes
2011
Director(s): Sam Green
USA
Fri 10:00am Varsity 5
Sat 12:30pm Varsity 5
Sun 3:30pm Varsity 5
Mon 3:40pm Varsity 3
Mon 6:30pm Varsity 5
Synopsis

Esperanto, an artificial language created in the late 1800s, was created out of the belief that if everyone in the world spoke a common tongue, we could overcome racism and war. This is a portrait of the language and of those who speak it –humorous, poignant, stirring, and ultimately hopeful. [subtitles]

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