6:00 p.m.

Join us for our next installment of Coming Out In the Developing World’s Fall First Friday Film Series! Following the screening, there will be a discussion led by Julia Honkasalo, PhD candidate in politics at The New School for Social Research. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Lucia Puenzo’s drama XXY probes the psychological aftereffects that adolescent transsexuality can yield. With a name easily applicable to either gender, young teenager Alex’s (Ines Efron) hermaphroditic physiology causes a massive identity crisis and severe emotional withdrawal. The problems create social issues in the family’s home of Argentina and virtually force Alex and his/her sympathetic parents Kraken (Ricardo Darín) and Suli (Valeria Bertuchelli) to move to nearby Uruguay just as Alex wrestles with the throes of puberty. The situation grows increasingly complex when several friends of the family arrive: married Erika (Carolina Pelereti), Ramiro (German Palacios), a plastic surgeon, and their adolescent son, Alvaro (Martin Piroyanski), who Alex instantly propositions for sex. As Alex battles local punks who try unsuccessfully to rape him/her (saved at the last minute by Kraken), Alvaro finally accepts Alex’s promptings for intercourse and comes to a gradual realization of his own gayness. Meanwhile, the rift between adults and youth widens with increasing rapidity. (Description courtesy of Nathan Southern and Rovi at Fandango).

View the movie trailer here, and read a film review by the San Francisco Chronicle here.

Sponsored by Global Studies at The New School.

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