TranScreen presents Apricot Groves at Roze Filmdagen

Maandag 13 maart 17:30
Ketelhuis Amsterdam

Armenië / Iran 2016, 85 min, Pouria Heidary Oureh
Armeens gesproken, Engels ondertiteld
Armenian with English subtitles

In deze zeer bijzondere film maken we kennis met Aram, een jongen van Iraans-Armeense afkomst die als kind naar de VS verhuisde. Nu gaat hij voor het eerst terug, om de hand te vragen van een Armeense vriendin die hij in Amerika leerde kennen. Maar eigenlijk weten ze allebei dat dit niet zijn weg is.
Van de liefdevolle schets van de culturele, religieuze en afkomst-verschillen via het majestueuze landschap tot het onverwachte en positieve slot, is dit een pareltje van een film die je blik verbreedt. Een weldaad in het huidige internationale klimaat, en een buitengewone ervaring.

Aram, an Iranian Armenian youth who has immigrated to the US in childhood, now returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend Aram met and lived with in the US. Aram sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the one day trip, but harder obstacles are ahead. A beautiful and uplifting experience.

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De film draait ook op: VRIJDAG 17 MAART – 17:45


Side by Side: The Power of Cinema  

Our very own Plette de Paulette wrote a piece (p. 28) about some amazing trans* films we screened at our festival in Side by Side: The Power of Cinema , published on Jan 27, 2016.

Side by Side: The Power of Cinema

Reels of Revolution: Films that Changed the World! A collection of articles demonstrating cinema’s transformative power and how it can not only impact on our lives at a personal level but too have significant influence on much wider cultural, social and even political levels.


Call for submissions

Submissions closed since March 16…..


Sabah Choudrey & films @ IQMF

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Bij IQMF presenteren wij op 9 december trans* niet-Westerse vertellingen: intersectionaliteit van transgender identiteit en migratie door genders en gemeenschappen heen.
Of te wel de twee prachtige documentaires Transindia en I am Bonnie en een lezing door Sabah Choudrey, trans activist uit Engeland. Om eens aan het witte eurocentrische perspectief en de eenzijdige media representatie te ontsnappen.
Sabah’s talk zal gaat over zijn/haar ervaring betreffende intersectionele identiteit, de rol van kolonisatie en media in genderidentiteit. Sabah zal zijn/haar eigen identiteit de-koloniseren en het gesprek openstellen voor publiek. Zie en Sabah’s TEDX Brixton talk over zijn/haar intersectionele identiteit.

Transindia (India, 2015, 30 min), Regisseur: Meera Darji
Gesproken taal: transindiaGujarati / Ondertiteling: Engels
Transindia is een ontroerend portret van de Transgender community (Hijras) in Ahmedabad, India. Een ooit geresepecteerde, maar nu vergeten en verwaarloosde gemeenschap.

I am Bonnie (India, 2015, 45 min)
Regiesseurs:i-am-bonnie-02 Sourabh Dutta, Farha Khatun, Satarupa Santra
Gesproken taal: Bengali / Ondertiteling: Engels
Het verhaal van Bonnie Paul, voorheen bekend als Bandana Paul, een intersekse persoon en voormalig topvoetballer. Bonnie is al sinds 1998, toen hij een ‘sekse test’ niet goed door kwam bij de Bangkok Asian Games, op de vlucht voor zijn familie en de sportvereniging.


At IQMF TranScreen will present a special program centering around intersectional transgender identities and migration through genders and communities. To divert away from the usually white, Eurocentric perspectives and often one-sided media representations, the focus will be on trans* non-Western narratives. UK-based trans activist Sabah Choudrey will give an inspirational talk and TranScreen will screen two documentaries.

Sabah’s talk will be centered around their experiences on intersectional test-shot-laurie-garnon-williams-1-1identity, the role of colonisation and media in gender identity. They will decolonise their own identity, and open the discussion up to the audience.
Check: and Sabah’s TedX Brixton talk on their intersectional identity.

Transindia (India, 2015, 30 min), directed by Meera Darji
Spoken language: Gujarati / Subtitles: English
A moving documentary portraying the Transgender community (Hijras) in Ahmedabad, India. A formerly accepted, but now forgotten and neglected community.

I am Bonnie (India, 2015, 45 min), directed by Sourabh Dutta, Farha Khatun, Satarupa Santra
Spoken language: Bengali / Subtitles: English
The story of Bonnie Paul f.k.a. known as Bandana Paul, a born inter-sex person and ace soccer player. Bonnie has been on the run from his family and sports fraternity ever since failing a ‘sex test’ right before the Bangkok Asian Games in 1998.


Call out for trans* / gender nonconforming performance participants

george-bean-violinGeorge Bean is looking for people who would like to take part in a collaborative project leading to a public performance. The aim is to have the first showing during the Transcreen film festival, in Amsterdam in 2017.

The idea of this project is to give a platform to trans* and gender nonconforming people, through the medium of theatre. I hope the performance will challenge assumptions and give a voice to trans* peoples’ real lived experiences, rather than those often constructed by mainstream society and media.

The performance will include text and movement, and the content will be developed from the participants own individual experiences. My role will be as facilitator and director. During a research period we will use different methods to build material. These will include verbatim theatre, drama, movement and writing exercises. Eventually we will meld individual monologues and scenes with group sections into a coherent piece. The emphasis will be on having fun and developing trust as a group, whilst building a quality performance work. We will work in English.

Participation is open to all who identify as being on the trans* spectrum. No formal performance training is necessary but a commitment to the research process and an openness to work with others to build a show, is really important. We’ll be working physically, as well as verbally, so a willingness to work with the body is also important, although this will be done with respect towards each person’s individual capabilities and comfort levels. I welcome applications from all ages, ethnic/cultural backgrounds and walks of life.

We will be rehearsing in the AnaMorphic Studio at Overtoom 301. Unfortunately the studio is not wheelchair accessible. If you would like to participate but stairs would make it impossible for you, please let me know.

The piece will be made over a 6 month period, starting in November. Rehearsals will be once a week in the beginning and later several times a week.

Our first meet up will be on Saturday 26th November from 14:00-16:00.

About me
I’m George, a cis-gendered performer and theatre-maker with a life-long interest in gender issues and a severe aversion to labels, boxes and assumptions in general. I have a background in both performing arts and activism, originally having trained as a dancer and choreographer, but recently focussing more on directing and multi-media theatre. I like to work with performers who are formally untrained and come from different backgrounds and age groups. I’m also interested in site specific performance and ‘artivism’ (combining activism and art). My website:

Want to join?
If you’re interested in being a part of this, or you have further questions, I would love to hear from you! Also, if you don’t want to participate as a performer, but would like to support in another way, for example with technical skills or administration, please let me know. You can email me at and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please provide me with the following information:
– Your name
– A few lines about yourself
– Why you would like to be a part of this project
– Do you have some performance experience already? If yes, please describe

Georgina Dean
AnaMorphic Dance Theatre
06 43 98 46 06

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