New film highlights toilet experiences of trans, disabled and Muslims

A short animated film illustrating the trials and tribulations of accessing and using public toilets has received its premier in Sheffield.

The Toilet, a short animated film which is part of the Around the Toilet project, led by Dr Jen Slater from Sheffield Hallam University, weaves together personal accounts from transgender, disabled and Muslim people, who share their experiences of using public toilets in a society where some are made to feel welcome and others are not.

The official premiere, shown in Sheffield as part of the Festival of Social Science, follows preview events in Reykjavik and Glasgow, at the Scottish Queer International Film Festival.

The next screening will take place at the Manchester Animation Film Festival followed by a public release of the film in 2018.


Dr Jen Slater

Dr Jen Slater

Dr Jen Slater, a reader in disability studies and education at Sheffield Hallam, said: “We’re very excited about the film. Although it focuses on toilets, it in fact raises much bigger issues about who is included and excluded from public space, and who is valued in our society.

“Sharing our findings through film is a brilliant opportunity to bring important social and political issues to a wider audience through the stories of people who face this kind of marginalisation on a daily basis.”

All events at the ESRC Festival of Social Science are free.

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