Come celebrate the resilience of transgender and gender non-conforming people with this double feature film screening!
The TDOR (Transgender Day of Remembrance) Events Committee, in collaboration with Sistah Sinema-Richmond, is showing the films Two Spirits and HERO MARS with a Q&A by the director of HERO MARS, Skyler Cooper!
Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Fred Martinez was a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself. (http://twospirits.org/)
HERO MARS is the story of a woman who's gambled everything in pursuit of her dream to perform at a top-tier theater company. When she finally receives an invitation to audition for the World Stage Shakespeare Company, she's financially bankrupt and emotionally alone. Uncertain of her ability and struggling with her unconventional appearance, she seeks out a highly esteemed audition coach but suffers a humiliating setback. Through the bond of friendship, Hero regains confidence in her unique artistic expression by tackling a legendary role. (http://www.skylercooper.net/filmmaker/)