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(Wu Tsang, USA). 74 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: Wild­ness was the name of a weekly trans-friendly per­for­mance night at the Sil­ver Plat­ter, a club in the east end of Los An­ge­les that catered to queer Lati­nos and Lati­nas. It was launched by a quar­tet of friends, one of whom, Wu Tsang, has made a movie about the ex­pe­ri­ence.

But in­stead of telling the story of the peo­ple who turned the club into a haven for trans per­form­ers (and founded a le­gal clinic to as­sist them with name changes, doc­u­men­ta­tion and cit­i­zen­ship), Wild­ness takes the club’s point of view, with the Sil­ver Plat­ter nar­rat­ing its own story in Span­ish voice- over. It’s an un­nec­es­sary flour­ish that grows more ob­nox­ious as the movie pro­ceeds. May 2, 9: 45 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 1; May 3, 7 pm, ROM The­atre; May 6, 9 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 1.

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