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REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

In the Turn

Directed by Erica Tremblay

Canada / 2014 / 113 mins / English


IN THE TURN follows Crystal, a 10-year-old transgender girl growing up in rural Canada as she navigates the difficult and complicated world that surrounds her. Tormented at school by teachers and peers alike, she faces daily assaults in the form of insults and physical altercations. The pain she endures at school takes a toll on not only her self-esteem but also on the emotional stability of her family. After being denied the right to join local athletics teams due to her gender identity, Crystal and her mom discover the Vagine Regime, an international queer collective of roller derby players comprised of people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and identities. Crystal emerges from exclusion into empowerment when she steps out of the shadows and onto the track. Crystal’s story finds its place among the journeys of other queer skaters whose stories from LA to Brooklyn are folded into Erica Tremblay’s inspirational film of empowerment and inclusion. This film is co-presented by The Consulate General of Canada, Chicago. Director Erica Tremblay is expected to be in attendance for post-screening Q&A.