TranScreen opens with film about transgender teacher in Hawaii

Final programme TranSreen announced

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The final programme of the Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival has been announced and can be found on the website From 3 til 7 of June dozens of films are shown about, and in most occassions also created by, transgender people. Tickets can be ordered at the participating theatres.

After a day of anticipation at Filmhuis Cavia, TranScreen officially opens on Thursday 4 June in Rialto with the impressive movie Kumu Hina. This movie is about māhū (transgender) teacher Hina, who inspires a student to become a leader of the male Hula group on the Isle of Hawaii. Despite her succes as a teacher Hina longs for love and a dedicated relationship.

This year’s TranScreen Film Festival emphasizes on movies made in Turkey, The Netherlands, Sweden and the continents of Africa and Australia. Also animation and the ‘sex work’ theme get more space in the programming. Next to movies, documentaries, music video’s and experimental shorts will be shown. Filmmakers from various parts of the world will be present to answer questions of the audience after the screenings.

It’s a novity that Rialto has changed their website especially for this event: visitors don’t need to fill in their gender anymore whilst making a reservation. A part of the people attending the festival don’t identify as male nor as female and are given the opportunity they don’t have to lie about their gender.

Visitors at TranScreen can attend the exposition ‘Embodiment’, from 3 June onwards, in the 4BID Gallery at the Overtoom 301. In the Public Library of Amsterdam, on the 6th floor in the permanent exposition area of the IHLIA, a video loop ‘My Genderation’ is will be shown. During the festival lots of workshops, diners, parties and afterparties in the Amsterdam queer scene will be held.

TranScreen is a festival where international films on the theme of transgender and gender diversity will be shown, in which everybody can be themselves in an open yet save environment, despite gender orientation or sexual preverence. A lot of transgenders who are not -or not yet- part of transgender community, do attend TranScreen, which thus fullfills an important need in society.