Director Neelu Bhuman’s Transfinite is a collection of seven locally-shot science-fiction/fantasy short films. Rich with symbolism, the seven stories in this anthology film feature supernatural trans and queer people, from many different cultures, who use magic and supernatural powers to love, teach, fight, and thrive.
Najma’s new lover is fearful about telling his best friend that he’s in love with a transwoman—and when the friend reacts transphobically, her supernatural powers reveal themselves. Love vanquishes a demon who has possessed the hand of a warrior. Shayla converts a building developer into an environmentalist. Neruda’s oceanic love and Bahari’s expansive poetry are a border-smashing combination. With the help of her best friend, Nova protects herself from bullies. Falling in love expands Orchid Mango Blu’s world. And Honey casts a celestial spell on a dirty politician.
A cast of LGBTQ+ actors skillfully bring the stories to life, while beautiful animation and thoughtful cinematography unite the collection—even though, as the film’s tagline says, trans identities are “as limitless as nature itself.”
— CHARLES PURDY
- Language: In English, Spanish, Swahili, and Navajo with English subtitles
- Premiere Status: Bay Area