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Shorts: Thrive

This collection of trans short films celebrates the diverse voices of the trans community. From Austria to Tonga, from France to the Philippines, witness global trans activities as they take a stand.


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7:00 PM

TIFF Bell Lightbox - Cinema 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON,

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Mathias must find his way in his new identity as he struggles in a new job and a long-term relationship.


This experimental portraiture seeks to preserve the sprit of Dandara Zainabo, a 19 year old trans activist living on the streets in Rio de Janeiro.


Months ago, I came out to my parents as transgender. Before talking to them I was hopeful. I was terrified, but I was hopeful.

Astri and Tambulah

Astri and Tambulah are deeply in love. Everything seems perfect except that Bajao traditions require Astri to marry a woman she hardly knows.


Miranda realizes her child can only become the woman she is by defying her father and leaving their farm, but not without first gifting her daughter a beloved heirloom.

Lady Eva

In the Kingdom of Tonga, traditional culture clashes with modern religious zealotry. A young transgender beauty contestant is given an ultimatum by her Mormon family.

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