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Pride Film Programming

27/07/2018

For the month of August, the Ottawa Public Library will be celebrating Pride with a variety of film screenings. 

On August 24th, the Main branch is pleased to be hosting the Canadian premiere of the documentary  Trans*Geek Movie: The intersection of gender identity and geek culture. Here is a description of the film from its website:

TransGeek Movie is a documentary exploring the intersection of gender identity and geek culture. We interview people working in science, technology, gaming, science fiction/fantasy, and other geekish pursuits; to give voice to their stories. We explore how people express their authentic selves through geek culture; and how their gender identities have affected their professional development.

Doors will open at 5:30PM and the film will begin at 6:00PM. Join us after the screening for a panel discussion featuring the director of the movie, Kevin McCarthy.

If you'd rather watch a movie in the East end, North Gloucester will also be screening films. On August 7th, they will be screening Moonlight and on August 21st they will screen Love is Strange. Moonlight is a coming-of-age story told in three parts (youth, adolescence and young adulthood) about main character Chiron's sexuality and identity. All three segments explore various degrees of discovery and difficulties for Chiron and he must navigate a world of uncertainty, various forms of abuse and ultimately try to find love in a tumultuous life. Love is Strange tells the story of Ben and George who marry after 39 years together thanks to new laws passed in New York. However, their celebration is short-lived after one of them is fired from their position at a Catholic school due to their recent marriage. This eventually results in their unwanted seperation, finding living accomodations and trying as best they can to stay together in some shape or form. Both films start at 6:00PM and will be in Meeting Room B.

If you prefer to stay downtown then the Main branch will also be hosting select films; C.R.A.Z.Y. (August 7th), Pariah (August 14th), A Fantastic Woman (August 21st) and Love, Simon (August 28th). C.R.A.Z.Y. is a coming-of-age story about a young gay man growing up in 1960s and 1970s Québec with his four other brothers, his mother and a conservative father. Pariah tells the story of Alike, a 17-year old girl from Brooklyn who learns to embrace her identity as a lesbian. A Fantastic Woman centers around Marina, a transgender woman who has struggles with her surrounding environment and the family of her recently deceased partner Orlando. Finally, Love, Simon explores the life of a young high school boy who is trying to hide his homosexuality from his friends, family and classmates. His attempts to keep his secret start to show him the importance of being comfortable with one's identity.

All films are free to attend.

 

Note: Many of the films contain mature subject and are intended for an older audience.

 

 

 

TransGeek Trailer