Are there only two genders? What does it mean to be gender fluid? Do you know someone who identifies as agender? Gender-queer? Cisgender? Transgender? What do these terms mean? The Appreciating Diversity Film Series has chosen a thought provoking and fascinating documentary on the topic of gender identity. Local Berkeley director Lonny Shavelson spotlights individuals and their loved ones, as they share their lives. “Three to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders” explores the world where gender is a spectrum of possibilities.
This is the first feature length documentary on the topic of genders outside the binary male/female choice. According to director Lonny Shavelson, “… There is a wealth of gender variations: effeminate men, masculine women, men sexually attracted to men, women to women, and some to both.” In the past, “invariably individuals were forced to decide: male or female. And although some transpeople switched from one gender to the other, it was still: Two genders.” Over time, Shavelson noticed that people who do not identify as male or female (non-binary gender) are becoming increasingly common.
The Appreciating Diversity Film Series chose this film because it challenges assumptions and offers opportunities to walk in another person’s shoes. “New ideas bounced around my brain while seeing this film,” commented member Ilene Wagner. “My mind was blown. I saw many things I hadn’t realized before,” added member Julie Chang. This film immerses viewers in a world where gender is more than two possibilities.
For example, Sasha F. was set on fire while sleeping on a public bus in San Francisco because he was wearing a skirt. Sasha said, “Some people have a file in their brain that says, ‘gender, male or female.’ I don’t see that file.” We also hear from the parents of gender fluid individuals as they come to understand their children’s identities.
The film was voted the best feature documentary of “The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival”, May 2015.
2 FREE Screenings
In Piedmont: Wednesday, September 30
Ellen Driscoll Playhouse 325 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611
6:30 PM Free reception | 7 – 8:20 PM screening followed by discussion
In Oakland: Saturday, October 3
The New Parkway , 474 24th Street near Telegraph, Oakland, CA 94612