8th - 14th March 2018


Anahita Ghazvinizadeh - 2017 USA / Qatar - 80 min

Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun ”They” and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago. J is exploring their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make a decision whether or not to transition. Over this crucial weekend while their parents are away, J’s sister Lauren and her Iranian friend/partner Araz arrive to take care of ”They”.

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Director: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh (born 1989, Tehran, Iran) received her BFA in film from Tehran University of Art and her MFA in studio arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. WHEN THE KID WAS A KID (2011, Iran), NEEDLE (2013, US) and IN THE TREES(2015, US) form the trilogy of short films directed by her with children as main characters; Childhood and parenthood, family theater, and exploring notions of growth and gender identity are the main themes of these works.

She is the winner of the First Cinéfondation Award at Cannes Film Festival and the Silver Hugo at Chicago International Film Festival among other awards. Anahita was selected as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent filmmaking in 2013 by the Filmmaker Magazine. She was a writing fellow at the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab in January 2013, and is also the co-writer of the acclaimed feature film, MOURNING (2011, Iran). Anahita's feature debut THEY premiered in the 70th Cannes Film Festival.