WJFF Year-Round and GLOE present
As part of our Capital Pride Week celebrations
Monday, June 4, 2012
7:00 pm | DCJCC
Followed by a discussion
Discounted: $10 (member/senior/student)
Special award for Breakthrough Performance to Chen Yani, Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival
This heartfelt drama follows the a family drawn into
crisis on a rainy night, after parents discover their child has been secretly wearing
women’s clothes and kick "him" out of the house. Years later, instead of
the son they remember, they find a beautiful woman who supports herself
by performing in Tel Aviv’s queer cabarets. As the father is stricken with
cancer, they all struggle with acceptance, forgiveness, and the ways we
let ourselves be cared for.
This film is a deeply moving exploration of individuality, family ties, acceptance and forgiveness.
This is the first feature film in the history of Israeli cinema dealing with the parents' perspective on having a transgender child. Melting Away was conceived after the brutal attack and murders at the Tel Aviv LGBT Youth Center in 2009, and the deep shock felt by director Doron Eran, and his partner, screenwriter Bili Ben Moshe, after hearing of parents refusing to visit their injured kids at the hospital.
Followed by a discussion with Sharon Bracket, Board Chair at Gender Rights Maryland and founder of Trans Parents Day; as well as university trans advocate, Sarah McBride.
Light refreshments served.
Board Chair of Gender Rights Maryland, is a serial entrepreneur who was selected,
in 2010, by Washington SmartCEO Magazine as one of Washington's Smart100 CEOs
for 2010 and then again, after her transition, in 2011. She is a volunteer
co-moderator of the Gender Identity support group of the Center (The Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland). She is one of the two
co-founders of TransParent Day, and is a board
member of MoringaCommunity.org, a charity
that is building a trade school and food preservation education program in Ghana,
West Africa. In her spare time she works with youth
groups with technical interests such as rocketry and robotics. She resides in Howard
County with her two sons.
is a rising senior at American University.
She is a native of Wilmington, DE,
where she worked as staff on the campaigns of Governor Jack Markell and
Attorney General Beau Biden, and founded the state's high school Democrats
organization. In 2011, Sarah was elected to serve as student body President at American
University where she established
new scholarship funds, instituted gender neutral housing, and convinced the
Board of Trustees to begin a Committee on Socially Responsible Investing. In
April of 2012, near the end of her term, Sarah came out to the AU community as
transgender. She now serves as in intern at the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.
Israel, 2011, feature, 86 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles.
Director: Doron Eran
Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel