Film sheds new light on gender issues
5 May 2017
A black Isle film-maker’s documentary showing what it was like to grow up as an intersex or transgender person in Nairobi has been handpicked for a special screening at Eden Court Theatre.
Tristan Aitchison’s film Sidney & Friends will be showcased as part of the XpoNorth creative industries festival being held in Inverness on June 7 and 8.
The 37-year-old who lives in Muir of Ord and runs the British Film Industry’s Highlands and Islands Film Academy tracked the daily lives of six people in Nairobi. He said: “My main subject Sidney has been beaten up many times, he’s been stripped naked in public and members of his family have tried to kill him.”
The soundtrack was created by Silas Miami, a transgender artist and filmmaker, and Kenyan singer
songwriter Lana Crowster, the 2016 finalist in South African Television’s music competition called The Voice South Africa.
The film will air at 3pm on Thursday, June 8, followed by an ‘in-conversation’ session with Lana Crowster.
Also screening will be Caithness-based David Graham Scott’s critically-acclaimed The End Of The Game, set partly in Africa. It tells the story of the committed vegan’s bizarre journey from Caithness to Africa in the company of his old colonial neighbour, an ex-big game hunter called Guy Wallace.
It will be screened at 3pm on June 7.