5 PM | The Plaza Theatre | PG
DIRECTED BY SHALEECE HAAS
2016 | USA | 72 mins | PG
REAL BOY is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-yearold Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen.
Asexual: A Love Story
(Short before the feature film)
DIRECTED BY MELINDA FRIEDMAN | 15 min
According to some studies, around one out of every hundred Canadian identifies as asexual. But what does that term even mean? To some, it’s the absence of interest in all sexual activities. For some, it’s the lack of sexual interest in others. To most, it’s different than celibacy. To nearly all, it’s a little-known area of human identity that few people have much understanding of.
Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things
7 PM | The Plaza Theatre | PG
DIRECTED BY MARK KENNETH WOODS AND MICHAEL YERXA
2016 | USA | 71 mins | PG
As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit
beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later,
a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their past.
Gloria & Grace
9 PM | The Plaza Theatre | PG
DIRECTED BY FLAVIO R TAMBELINI
2016| Brazil | 94 mins | PG
Graça is a single mother who works as a massage therapist and
lives with her two children: Moreno, 8, and Papoula, 15. One day, in a visit to the doctor, Graça is diagnosed with a brain aneurism that may rupture at any moment. Desperate about who will take care of her kids in the event of her death, she decides to go after her brother, Luiz Carlos, whom she hasn’t seen in over 15 years due to a quarrel. When they meet, however, Luiz Carlos has become Gloria, a beautiful and successful transvestite, who now owns a restaurant and brags about being independent. At first, Gloria is unwilling to reconnect with her family; but as she becomes more guilt-stricken, she accepts Graça’s invitation to meet her nephews and eventually realizes that maybe, to be complete, she needs to become a mother.
Don’t forget to head over to the Naked Leaf for our Programmers’ Corner series after all three films. Drink tea whilst debriefing about the great film you’ve just watched!