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Out Takes WGN: Intersex films to re-screen

Thu 7 Jun 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

By popular demand, a second screening is planned for a selection of intersex-related short films at Wellington's Out Takes Film Festival – this Saturday evening. "The Any Body session at the Festival was sold out on Monday night, so because many many people were disappointed, Reel Queer has been able to arrange another screening," say organisers. Mani Bruce Mitchell – star of the prize-winning documentary ‘Black and White which is part of the short film selection, founder of the Intersex Trust Aotearoa and photo model in Rebecca Swan's book ‘Assume Nothing’ will again be available after the screenings for a question and answer session. "Make the most of the opportunity to see these great films and talk with this amazing activist," Out Takes Wellington advises. The Any Body screening is comprised of three shorts: American documentary 1 in 2000 explores the societal context and personal experience of growing up intersex: "One in 2000 babies is born with 'ambiguous genitalia'. They are hastily assigned a sex and usually operated on to reinforce that," says the producers. Award-winning New Zealand documentary Black and White explores the creative collaboration between Mani Bruce Mitchell and photographer Rebecca Swan. Mani's gender identity is fluid, challenging rigid societal categories with strength, humour and a fierce commitment to social justice. Indian documentary Harsh Beauty, tells the stories of four 'Hijra', who are a third gender, neither men nor women. Once revered in India, today they work as prostitutes and beggars. Life for them is difficult, but inside the community, there's camaraderie. The Any Body screening is scheduled for 11:45 am this Saturday 9 June, in Wellington’s Paramount Theatre. Tickets can be booked by phone during the Paramount's regular opening hours: (04) 384 4080. The Out Takes Film Festival also opens in Christchurch this evening with an Opening Night show hosted by Miss Mole in the Regent in Worchester Theatre, and a screening of Spanish film 20 Centimetres. More details about the Out Takes Festival are available on the link below.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Thursday, 7th June 2007 - 12:00pm

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