Impressively played by trans actor Elz Carrad, trans activist Caz Davis has a lot of explaining to do when he returns home to rural New Zealand after being away in Auckland for 10 years where he transitioned. With an estranged father who doesn’t recognize him and is deeply hurt by Caz missing his mother’s funeral, an ex-boyfriend who questions his sexuality when he still feels an attraction, a best friend who felt abandoned, and an environmental crisis threatening the farming community, Caz may have bitten off more than he can chew.
The filmmaking team’s groundbreaking #byusandaboutus mission of genuine transgender representation is unmistakable, including co-writer Cole Meyers’ celebration of trans community and Māori culture. Rūrangi places indigenous, gender-diverse people in all stages of production, providing a two-way street of mentorship on filmmaking and gender/sexuality education. With gorgeous composition and cinematography, this endlessly charming treasure from New Zealand isn’t just a triumph in authenticity; it’s one of the indelible highlights of Frameline44.
This film contains discussions of self-harm.
Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 3:45pm Saturday, September 26 followed by the Q&A.
Bank of the West
The British Council
- Language: In English and Māori with English subtitles
- Premiere Status: International