Saturday, January 28, 1:45 pm, The Venue

Real Boy

Real Boy

  • Shaleece Haas
  • 72 minutes
  • 2016
  • USA
  • Saturday, January 28, 1:45 pm, The Venue
Sponsored by Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge; Emmanuel United Church; Rainbow Service Organization (R.S.O.); Rainbow Youth at PARN
Queer Youth Prize, Oslo Fusion International Film Festival 2016; Jury Prize Best Feature, Iris Prize Film Festival 2016; Audience Award and Best Documentary, FrameLine International LGBTQ Film Festival 2016; Best Documentary, TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival 2016

Music and a transgender teen’s transition – and a mom’s journey from resistance to acceptance

Real Boy is the intimate, heart-rending story of 19-year-old songwriter Bennett Wallace, as he navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his trans identity. Along the way, he is inspired and challenged by a troubled mentor, while his mother makes her own shift from resistance to acceptance. As they find support in their community, we are reminded that families are not only given, but chosen.

Post-Film Discussion at the Venue

Join local trans youth as we share stories of trans resiliency, and hear from community advocates. Facilitated by anya gwynne of Rainbow Youth Program at PARN and Drew Whatman of Gender Journeys.