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A Film by Coraci Ruiz

77 minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Grades 9 - Adult
Item #:THD-2008

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An intimate autobiographical documentary from Brazilian filmmaker Coraci Ruiz following the revelation that her eldest teenager Noah, then 15-years-old, was having doubts about their gender identity. Realizing that she would have to deal with a new and highly challenging theme, she started filming with Noah's permission. This was her way of approaching her son and trying to understand what was happening. 

From 2016 to 2019 she interviews Noah, addressing the conflicts, certainties and uncertainties that pervade him during this deep identity search. At the same time, Coraci also goes through her own process of transformation by breaking old paradigms, facing fears and dismantling prejudices required by the situation that life presents her with. The beginning of her son's questioning and transition process coincides with a legal-parliamentary coup that, by means of an impeachment, removed former President Dilma Roussef of Brazil from power. Thus, the period in which the film was produced is marked by a conservative breakthrough, an authoritarian upsurge and great oppression of minorities, taken as enemies by President Jair Bolsonaro.

The film brings forward an experience that welcomes conflicts but is positive, that leaves the register of suffering, pain, misunderstanding, and vulnerability. It is an exercise in letting go of your certainties.

FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "I have always wanted to be an understanding mother who welcomes her child. When Noah told me, I wasn't shocked or desperate, but it was a new issue for me. In my teens, I had a gay friend who suffered because his parents didn't accept him, but outside of academia, this border debate about cisgender, transgender, or non-binary didn't exist. I asked Noah, 'Can I have an interview with you on this subject?' I was starting a doctorate on autobiographical documentary and this transition process for Noah ended up being part of my academic thesis. We recorded the video conversation, which became the embryo of my autobiographical documentary Threshold, about the process of following my son's transition.

As a mother of a LGBTQIA+ child, I feel the urgency to dispute the narrative with a government led by President Jair Bolsonaro, which represents a giant setback in the achievements of the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transvestites, transsexuals, queers, intersex and asexuals. My wish is that this film will be shown in schools, universities, and for support groups for parents who want to be informed and better welcome their children. The worse the scenario of intolerance in the country, the greater the urgency to tell stories like Noah's."
-Coraci Ruiz

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