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CANCELED: Southern Comfort / Vera

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August 20, 2023 - 7:00 pm
In-person: 
Q&A between features with Nick Adams, Vice President of the GLAAD Media Institute; Rocco Kayiatos, founding editor of Original Plumbing magazine; moderated by curator Caden Mark Gardner.


Please note that this program has been canceled in anticipation of Hurricane Hilary. Thank you for understanding.


Southern Comfort

U.S., 2001

This acclaimed documentary follows the story of Robert Eads, a trans man dying of ovarian cancer. While indisputably a victim of systemic transphobia and medical malfeasance from the American healthcare system, Eads’ status as a trans elder among his chosen family shows him as the beating heart of an incredibly warm and life-affirming community. Southern Comfort, named for the then Atlanta-based national trans conference, presents the common struggles and common understandings among trans men in the 1990s with clear-eyed empathy by filmmaker Kate Davis.

Digital video, color, 90 min. Director: Kate Davis.

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Estimated start time: 9:15 p.m.

Vera

Brazil, 1986

Based on the life of Brazilian poet Anderson Bigode Herzer, who committed suicide at the age of 20, this intense drama tells the story of Bauer (Ana Beatriz Nogueira), a trans man who navigates a difficult life in an orphanage before finding love with a young librarian, Clara (Aida Leiner). A sympathetic professor sees his talent as a poet, but Bauer (the film’s title is his deadname) is mostly alone and misunderstood — proclaiming: “I’m not what everyone thinks I am. You hear me? I’m different. I’m something else.” One of the earliest portrayals in cinema of a transmasculine character.

Digital video, color, 88 min. Director: Sergio Toledo. Screenwriter: Sandra Mara Herzer, Sergio Toledo. With: Ana Beatriz Nogueira, Raul Cortez, Aida Leiner.