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Austin Unbound 
44 minutes
Director: Eliza Greenwood
Year: 2011
Country: USA

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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]

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The Universal Language 
29 minutes
Director: Sam Green
Year: 2011
Country: USA

'The Universal Language' - excerpt from Utopia on Vimeo.

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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