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Tomboy - Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Fri 31 March 2017, 18:00 – 21:00 BST
In commemoration of Transgender Visibility Day (31 March), University of Edinburgh's Staff Pride Network is organising a special evening to look at cultural representations of transgender identity, with a focus on male transsexuality, as well as general issues affecting trans and non-binary identities. The event will include a screening of 2011’s Tomboy, as well as a panel discussion afterwards.
Tomboy is an award-winning, French-language drama written and directed by Céline Sciamma. It stars Zoé Héran as a ten-year-old schoolgirl called Laure who moves with her family into a district of Paris. Laure begins to present as a boy, introducing themselves to their new friends as Mikäel, which sets up an ensuing drama about gender identity involving both family and friends. The film will be subtitled.
The post-film panel will involve a diverse collection of voices to discuss the film and broader issues:
Alex Davenport is a 4th year PhD student in Sociology at Edinburgh University, with a focus on sociology of gender and sexuality. His PhD research focuses on how LGBTQIA+ audiences actively queer media.
Kai O’Doherty is from Bermuda and is a postgraduate student in Policy Studies, focusing on queer and trans theory and policy issues. This year they have been the LGBT+ Liberation Convenor for the Students’ Association, and worked especially hard pulling together events for LGBT+ History Month.
Cameron Waddell grew up in Falkirk and has lived in Aberdeen and Stirling, before settling in Edinburgh in 1999. He has been doing tutorial teaching for the University of Edinburgh since 2000. A big area of interest to Cameron is issues in non-transition related healthcare provision for trans people.
Jonathan Bay is a Californian transman. He's a poet pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing. He's a quiet activist.
Nathan Gale is a trans, queer, crip activist, artist, and lawyer. Their current activism mainly takes the form of being out as non-binary in their role as a criminal lawyer, in an environment that screams ‘you don't belong here!’
Please bring your ticket with you to this event.