QTPOC Shorts

The Queer & Trans People of Color Shorts program showcases narratives within the LGBTQ community often underrepresented within the mainstream. With a wide variety of comedy, drama, and documentary shorts, the series is sure to contain something for everyone.

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Afuera
2016, USA, 14 min
Directed BY: Steven Liang
Written By: Steven Canals
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When an undocumented woman is forced to resort to the sex trade to support herself, her boyfriend, gives her an ultimatum with unintended consequences.

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Xavier
2016, Brazil, 13 min
Directed & Written By: Ricky Mastro
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Nicolas notices that his eleven year old son Xavier spends his time not only playing drums, but also paying attention to a certain type of boys.

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Gaysians
2015, USA, 13 min
Directed & Written By: Vicky Du
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Five queer and trans Asian-Americans from New York City explore their relationships with their family and culture in this patchwork documentary.

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Transcend
2016, USA, 17 min
Directed & Written By: Kai Towns
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After being estranged from his family for 3 years, Julian returns home to spend Thanksgiving with his family. His very traditional parents haven’t experienced their child as anything except a daughter. Will they let Julian have his seat at the table when their only daughter returns as a (trans)man?

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Whittier Boulevard
2016, USA, 17 min
Directed & Written By: Michael Patrick Spillers
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Whittier Boulevard is the story of André, a 17-year-old Latino trans guy, obsessed with the music of Morrissey – and in love with Sheila, a beautiful Rockabilly princess. When his father refuses to provide parental consent for transition therapy, André runs away from home in search of his estranged mother – embarking on a rock 'n roll odyssey of new friends, muses and shifting allies along the historic boulevards of East Los Angeles.

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NUOC
2016, USA, 6 min
Directed & Written By: Quyên Nguyen Le
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Set in the California Drought, Nước (Water/Homeland) is an experimental narrative short film about a queer Vietnamese American teen who attempts to piece together and understand their mom's experience as a Vietnam War refugee.

The journey pulls us into a fantastical series of iconic historical photographs, ultimately highlighting the complexity of understanding another's experiences completely and instead opening up possibilities for building relationships based on being present and co-existence.

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Vessels
2015, USA, 15 min
Directed & Written By: Arkasha Stevenson
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Vessels follows Diamond, a young Latina transgender woman living in Los Angeles. Diamond works at a garment factory for meager pay and is unable to afford healthcare let alone the breast implants she desperately desires. When her friend Hope shows off her new breasts she obtained through illegal black market silicone injections, Diamond is presented with an opportunity to gain the more feminine physique she has wanted her entire life. The girls go visit the “pumper,” Prayleen, who helps Diamond sculpt the body of her dreams.

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