PREVIEW: I AM THEY – screening of documentary by Fox and Owl Fisher

Besi Besemar November 7, 2017

I AM THEY – A non binary love story created by Fox and Owl Fisher will be screened at the Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton on Tuesday, November 28.

I AM THEY, one of the first full length documentaries focusing on non binary trans issues, follows the life of Fox and Owl, non binary trans activists and film makers.

Fox first came out as trans on the mainstream documentary, My Transsexual Summer, and has since then been a prominent voice for trans people in the UK.

Fox, a former student of the University of Brighton graduated in 2005 with a master’s degree in sequential design and illustration. The university recently recognised Fox’s significant contributions¬†to raising the profile, both nationally and internationally, of issues affecting trans-people and the promotion of arts and media by awarding they with an Honorary Doctor of Arts in July 2017.

In the last few years, Fox and Owl have focused their efforts on bringing the conversation of non binary issues to the forefront. Owl is originally from Iceland and is one of the main spokespeople for trans people in Iceland and has taken active part in the European activist community through various organisations such as International LGBTQI Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) and Transgender Europe (TGEU).

This documentary tells the story of two people from two totally different backgrounds finding each other and not only finding deep love for one another, but also a passion for making change for non binary trans people.

The documentary is an exploration of what it is to be non binary as well as looking at some of the main issues that non binary people face in society. This includes gender recognition, language, social acceptance and even marriage.

Fox and Owl speak with various non binary people from across Europe, MPs from the British Parliament, prepare a protest wedding and push for legal change.

Originally based on¬†Fox and Owl Can’t Get Married,¬†a documentary made in partnership with Isabelle Dawson / Illuminate Films. The footage from that documentary has been incorporated to create I AM THEY.

Audience members will be invited to give their feedback on the documentary which is currently in its final edit. Following the screening, Fox and Owl will take part in a facilitated Q&A session.

This event is part of the University of Brighton’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

Event: I AM THEYA non binary love story

Where: Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY

When: Tuesday, November 28

Time: Doors open at 6.15pm, with the screening starting at 6.30pm. Following the 40 minute documentary, there will be a Q&A session of up to 30 minutes.

Cost: Free

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