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Oh! You Pretty Things

How do we see ourselves, and how do others see us? When does identity align with perception, and when does it not? From puppets to poetry, from dating to dancing, these short films carve out the spaces to be authentic and explore sexuality and gender identity in fresh, hilarious, and fabulous ways.

Short films showing in this program:

At Water’s Edge

4 mins

Featuring mesmerizing queer dance in watery coves and ocean edges, At Water’s Edge is a short dance film by award-winning transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey and is part of a new series of dance-films/video-postcards.

Bi the Way

15 mins

Bi the Way is a short, funny, and intimate animated film about Amir’s life-journey as a bisexual cis man. The film portrays Amir’s story from early childhood until today, his struggle to fit in a binary culture, and why he feels invisible in the LGBTQ+ community.

Code Switch

5 mins

Code Switch follows a Black trans person as they navigate the barbershop, illuminating the complexity and dynamism of gender expression.


13 mins

An angry Latinx dyke in her twenties wants to make the world a better place, but can barely keep her own life together. Fernanda and her friends deconstruct their lives, fuck them up, and then continue to deconstruct them.

Hello My Name Is Sarah

10 mins

Director Sarah Hill uses puppetry, humor, paper dolls, video footage from their childhood and from their work over the past decade to highlight the uncomfortable situations they’ve been in as a trans, gender nonconforming, masculine-of-center person named Sarah.

How Not to Date While Trans

12 mins

How Not to Date While Trans is a break-the-fourth-wall, dark comedy that follows the dating life of a black trans woman and the problematic men she meets along the way. Andie searches for romance and self-love but ends with heartbreak.

Mama Has a Mustache

10 mins

Driven completely by audio interviews of kids ages 5-10, the film uses these sound bites combined with clip-art and mixed media to explore how children are able to experience a world outside of the traditional gender binary.

Nathan Joe: Homecoming Poems

14 mins

In this meditation on the vast lived experiences between Christchurch and Auckland, between queerness and being Chinese-Kiwi, and between homeland and hometown, poet Nathan Joe explores the form of autobiography through performance poetry.


16 mins

A Syrian migrant working as a crane operator in Beirut volunteers to cover a shift on one of the most dangerous cranes, where he is able to find his freedom. Winner of the Short Film Jury Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Expected Guests

Sean Dorsey
Director (At Water's Edge)
Amir Ovadia Steklov
Director (Bi the Way)
Inés Moldavsky
Actor (Bi the Way)
Jake Murphy
Producer (Fernanda)
Will Karkar
Production Consultant (Fernanda)
Nyala Moon
Director (How Not to Date While Trans)
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Running Time
101 mins
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