SIDNEY & FRIENDS
Tristan Aitchison; 2017; Kenya; 76 min.; in Swahili and English with English subtitles
Back by popular demand, the documentary SIDNEY & FRIENDS (Translations 2018) explores the hopes, dreams, and everyday reality of Kenya’s intersex and transgender communities. When Sidney’s family disowns him and threatens his life, he flees to Nairobi, where he meets a group of transgender friends. The four comrades share what it’s like to grow up and live as trans and intersex people in the face of prejudice and transphobia, disclosing painful secrets of their struggles, sometimes with humor. Together they fight harsh discrimination and discover life, love, and self-worth.
Content Warnings: Implied violence; drug use; vulgar language; and discussion of self harm