Gender Around the World: An Online Film Festival

Featuring the premiere of the Gender Spectrum film, “Understanding Gender: Narratives of Hijras in Bangladesh.”

All of us have grown up with notions of gender from our families, cultures and societies, and most of us never consider the variety of ways that people around the world conceive of gender. The amazing and vivid films in our online film festival demonstrate just a sampling of the many ways that people from different cultures and backgrounds approach gender.

We are especially proud to premiere our film, “Understanding Gender: Narratives of Hijras in Bangladesh” to kick-off the festival. This beautiful short film recounts the struggles and joys of the Hijra community, in their own words.

Many of the films are available to stream for free; for a few of the films, we are offering free or discounted streaming for a limited time only (see below for details on how to redeem your free or discounted rental)

We hope that you enjoy all of the films!

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We are grateful to the filmmakers Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo and Tousif Farhad, who partnered with Gender Spectrum to produce this stunning film. Check this page for an interview with the filmmakers later this month.

Many thanks to the following organizations for sharing the premiere of our film with their networks:

With great thanks to Frameline Distribution we are pleased to feature free and/or discounted rates for the films “El Canto del Colibri” and “Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front” (a collection of four short films) from their catalogue. Established in 1981, Frameline Distribution is the only nonprofit distributor that solely caters to LGBTQ film. Frameline’s collection has over 250 award winning films and they have partnerships with universities, public libraries, film festivals, and community groups. Many of their films are also available for online streaming. Select films are part of Frameline Voices, a program that highlights one LGBTQ film each month and makes it available for free on YouTube.

Watch these two films now, as our free streaming is on for a limited time only (thereafter until the end of November you can stream these films at the discounted rental rate).


For free streaming of the two films, use the code GENDERSPECTRUM.

El Canto Del Colibri: an intimate and deeply personal documentary, immigrant Latino fathers across the U.S. recount the impact of their children’s coming out.

Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front: Four short films exploring the varied identities of trans and gender expansive youth and young adults that allow these brave individuals to share their own stories.

You can also watch the following films that are part of the free Frameline Voices catalogue:

Pay it No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson: This feature-length documentary focuses on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson who was a Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and Saint.

Two Spirits: Joey Criddle is a Two Spirit man fighting with other LGBTQ Native Americans to reclaim the place of honor that many Two Spirits once held prior to colonization. The film follows Joey as he leads parallel lives, bridging the gap between the closeted man he was in Mississippi and the Two Spirit activist he is today.

Swim Suit: A powerful and evocative experimental documentary about a young person’s conflict between the desire to Transition, and passion for joining a women’s college swim team.

Truth Takes Time: A coming-of-age ‘motion storybook’ showing the trials and tribulations of gender, identity and self-love.

And check out many other great films on the Frameline website!

We also recommend the following films (free or available on certain streaming sites):

Feminine Men Not Wanted: From the PBS Digital Studios’ First Person, “Feminine Men Not Wanted” features artist and drag performer, Donald Shorter, creator, writer and star of the one-woman show, GENDEROSITY, on his experience as a gender non-conforming gay man.

Transformation: A a documentary from MTV about a group of Transgender teens and young adults struggling to find the resources, safety, and confidence to express their Gender identity.

The Mask You Live In: Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes and other platforms, the film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Muxes: A vibrant short film by The Guardian, Muxes shows the children of Juchitán, Mexico who are designated as male at birth, but who choose at a young age to be raised as female – and are embraced as integral to the community.