Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Noah's Canoe + Bonus Screening!
RE-VERZIO Documentary Film Series
Juliet Brown / UK / 2011 / 44 min / English
The journey of Noah, a female to male transgender, as he moves from a difficult past into a healing future, finding his place as a man in a family of his own.
Noah's dream has always been to move back home to the North Woods of Maine, USA, and work with his father, building wooden canoes. But every time he tries to return to his father's canoe shop he is overcome with fear. The mystery of the film unfolds as Noah and his mother talk of the decade when Noah lived with physical illness. Noah's letter to his friends and family tells us about the 10 years he spent in turmoil: "The truth that has been so long hidden from even my own consciousness is that I am transgender… The parts of me that are surfacing have been suffocated and tortured… I will now be going by the name Noah. I have been waiting years for this." The film follows Noah as he finds the courage to go home. There he confronts the ghosts within himself and the constant reflection of Holly, the person he used to be. A healing that he never expected begins as Noah finds his place as a man in a family of his own.
Bonus Screening: A Farmer's Desire
Rebecka Rasmusson / Sweden / 2010 / 14 min / Swedish
Born in the wrong body, a Swedish farmer discovers his sexual identity after he turns fifty.
The third in the Re-Verzio series: OSA and Verzio Film Festival present six outstanding documentaries, the most popular films of the 9th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. For more details, see the pdf flyer below.
Films are screened in original language with English subtitles.