Cana­dian doc to de­but at Venice Film Fes­ti­val

The Niagara Falls Review - - Arts & Life -

A Cana­dian-made vir­tual re­al­ity film ex­plor­ing how two trans­gen­der in­di­vid­u­als are chal­leng­ing gen­der norms will make its in­ter­na­tional de­but at the Venice Film Fes­ti­val, which kicked off Wed­nes­day. “Made This Way: Redefin­ing Mas­culin­ity” com­bines an im­mer­sive doc­u­men­tary and an in­stal­la­tion of pho­tog­ra­phy, co-cre­ated by Toron­to­based pho­tog­ra­pher Irem Har­nak and film­maker Elli Ray­nai. The ex­pe­ri­ence puts users in vir­tual en­vi­ron­ments in­spired by the mem­o­ries and sto­ries of Eli­jah Mi­ley, a trans­gen­der man, and Devyn Far­ries, who is non­bi­nary, as they speak of their iden­ti­ties and tran­si­tions. The 18-minute piece will screen as part of the fes­ti­val’s VR pro­gram and will also take part in the sec­ond edi­tion of the Venice Vir­tual Re­al­ity Com­pe­ti­tion.

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