Atlanta Film Festival Belgium included

The famous Atlanta Film Festival will be held March 20-29, 2015. Started in 1976 and occurring every Spring, this Academy Award qualifying, international film festival shows a diverse range of independent films, including genre films such as horror and sci-fi.  Now get excited because during its 39th edition, two Belgian productions will be presented.

Filmed primarily at the University Hospital in Ghent, “Trans” follows various transgender men as they undergo medical treatment to complete their transition from female to male. The 42-minute documentary directed by Nathalie Cools pairs an profound interview with a transman who has successfuly transitioned with informative discussions from medical professions. Educational, personal, and revealing, the film highlights a community and its struggles few may know.

Details:  Saturday, March 21, 2015, 11:15 am — The Plaza Theatre, Upstairs Theatre (the oldest continously operating cinema in the city, since 1939).

Jennah, directed by Meryem Benm’Barek.  The short film “Jennah,” is a testament to womanhood as it chronicles the main character, Jennah’s (Tiziana Stordeur from Liege), transitions from a girl into a young woman. Living in an apartment with only her mother to model herself after, Jennah is caught between following in her mother’s footsteps and looking for a father figure. What she ultimately finds is that the bond between mother and daughter always prevails.

Meryem is a recent master’s graduate from the “Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion (INSAS)” in Brussels and her Jennah won the the 2014 RIIFF ( Rhode Island International Film Festival) Grand Prize for the best short film.

Details:  Jennah will be shown Saturday, March 28, 2015, 12 pm  at The Plaza Theatre, Main Theatre, as part of NEW MAVERICKS, a series of narrative short films all featuring a strong, female lead seen through the lens of a female filmmaker.  It looks like Jennah will be on the screen at 6 pm.  Please verify this info.


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