Global Trans Stories

These four shorts from around the world showcase the spectrum of trans experiences. From facing medical gatekeeping, reconnecting to past friends, and navigating modern love, this program highlights distinct cultural differences and a shared trans experience. In THE FISH WITH ONE SLEEVE a Japanese woman working in Tokyo decides to reconnect with her childhood friends, unsure of how they’ll accept her. EKAI is a documentary about a young transman who took his own life in 2018 and spotlights trans activism against medical gatekeeping. In OUR PAIN, an Iranian transman and his lover seek gender affirming surgery, but must deal with his father trying to stop them. And in DUSTIN a crew of trans club goers navigate a night of melancholy and euphoria.

Available to stream in the U.S. only.


Community Co-Presenter:

Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Inc.

Chicago’s not-for-profit center for the Spanish language and cultural exchange celebrating 25 years (1996-2021) creating change through the arts and education in Illinois, and worldwide for 30 years. 

In this program

The Fish with One Sleeve

Directed by Tsuyoshi Shoji

A story of a trans woman gently but firmly taking the first step. Hikari Shintani, a trans woman,…


Directed by Arantza Ibarra Basañez

A documentary depicting the story of young transgender boy Ekai Lersundi, who took his own life in 2018…

Our Pain

Directed by Mahtab Pishghadam

A transman seeks gender affirming surgery in Iran with the help of his lover, but his father wants…


Directed by Naïla Guiguet

In an abandoned warehouse, a crowd is dancing as one on 145 BPM techno music. Among them is…

Dates & Times
Landmark Theater

Thu, Sep 30
8:45 pm