TranScreen Presents “Sidney and Friends” Friday 15 and Monday 18 March 2019.

Transcreen presents in association with Roze Filmdagen … SIDNEY AND FRIENDS, Het Ketelhuis, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam.

Friday 15 March 17.45 and Monday 18 March 15.45 (see below for tickets)

In the lead up to TranScreen 2019 over the holiday weekend of 30th May – 2nd June at Filmtheater Kriterion the team at TranScreen are happy once again to have been invited to Roze Filmdagen, 2019.

On viewing some of the fine films on offer we just had to be involved with this powerful film, Sidney and Friends… and the synopsis?

When his family tries to kill him, Sidney, who is intersex, flees to Nairobi where he meets a group of transgender friends. Together, they fight discrimination and discover life, love and self-worth.

Sidney grew up in rural western Kenya. He didn’t like wearing skirts or doing chores that girls are traditionally supposed to do, preferring herding cattle and playing football. Sidney was born intersex, but Sidney only knew he was different. Growing up, he found these differences increasingly made him stand out in the community, a source of concern to family members that manifested itself into chastisement, castigation, and hate.

His family say he is possessed by demons, demons that make him want to become a man. When Sidney fled from his family’s prejudice, he was forced from slum to slum, stripped in public and beaten. His life changed when he eventually met a group of transgender friends. For the first time in his life, Sidney was no longer alone…

Feature documentary Sidney & Friends is a heartfelt exploration of the hopes, dreams, and everyday reality of a group of intersex and transgender friends fighting to survive on the edge of Kenyan society. Join Sidney and his new friends as they share what it is like to grow up and live as a gender minority, in a region known for prejudice and discrimination against its LGBTI population. Filmed over 3 years, our friends reveal the secrets of their struggles with poignancy and sometimes also humour. The premise is simple; it’s about gender, friendship…and love.

How well does its portrait of homophobic prejudice reflect the reality of life in the East African nation? What does all this mean for trans and intersex people, who are popularly thought of as the same? Join us and find out!

We look forward to meeting you!

Friday 15 March 17.45 purchase tickets here

Monday 18 March 15.45 purchase tickets here

TranScreen Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival 30th May- 2nd June 2019

Filmtheater Kriterion Roetersstraat 170 Amsterdam

Win a free Double Pass to Sidney and Friends thanks to the kind folk at Roze Filmdagen! Check out their fine programme here!

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