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Transition

Transition

Jordan Bryon, Monica Villamizar
United States, Colombia
2023
88 min
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Synopsis

Australian Jordan Bryon, an experienced journalist and filmmaker, had been in Afghanistan for five years when the Americans withdrew from the country in 2021 and the Taliban took power. This transition more or less coincided with his own physical changes: as a trans man, he started taking testosterone injections and was awaiting surgery.

For a report for The New York Times, Bryon gains access to a Taliban unit. While he films with them and is accepted as a man among men, he struggles with the moral implications of his choices. If he were to reveal his trans identity, it would endanger him irrevocably. At the same time, not being honest about it feels like cheating. The Taliban’s acceptance of him is also confusing, because it leads him to feel sympathy for them, when because of their ideas he should feel only hatred and fear.

Transition is a film full of paradoxes that offers a glimpse into the exceptional life of a trans man, whom we follow not only in Afghanistan, but also back in Australia with friends and family.

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Credits
88 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Persian, Dari, English
Director
    Jordan Bryon,
    Monica Villamizar
    Jordan Bryon,
    Monica Villamizar
Production
    Monica Villamizar
    Monica Villamizar
Executive producer
    Bj Levin for AGC Studios,
    Matthew Heineman for Our Time Projects,
    Stuart Ford for AGC Studios,
    Lourdes Diaz for AGC Studios,
    Joedan Okun for Our Time Projects,
    Joel Zimmer for AGC Studios,
    Sebastian Hernandez for Ruvrika,
    Juan Manuel Betancourt for Ruvrika
    Bj Levin for AGC Studios,
    Matthew Heineman for Our Time Projects,
    Stuart Ford for AGC Studios,
    Lourdes Diaz for AGC Studios,
    Joedan Okun for Our Time Projects,
    Joel Zimmer for AGC Studios,
    Sebastian Hernandez for Ruvrika,
    Juan Manuel Betancourt for Ruvrika
Cinematography
    Gelareh Kiazand,
    Toby Muse,
    Neil Brandvold,
    Farzad Fetrat,
    Jordan Bryon
    Gelareh Kiazand,
    Toby Muse,
    Neil Brandvold,
    Farzad Fetrat,
    Jordan Bryon
Editing
    Eduardo Resing,
    Maria Alehandra Briganti
    Eduardo Resing,
    Maria Alehandra Briganti
Sound
    Carlos García
    Carlos García
Sound Design
    Carlos García
    Carlos García
Music
    Nadim Mishlawi
    Nadim Mishlawi
World Sales
    AGC Studios
    AGC Studios
Screening copy
    AGC Studios
    AGC Studios

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