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The Ties that Bind: Documentary Screening & Discussion

January 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

“The Ties That Bind” is a documentary film memoir told by Carrboro filmmaker Diana Newton, the sister of a transgender woman from her religious family in the American South. Her sister Christine risked coming out to her family in 2003, at a time and place where gender fluidity was not well understood, much less accepted. Her personal strength, the power of a sibling ally and the surprising transformation of some family members is a deeply inspiring story that goes from secrets and shame to tolerance and hope. The story foreshadows and reveals the contemporary ‘bathroom politics’ of HB2 in North Carolina (and beyond) and bears witness to the personal trauma of the individuals and their families whose lives are affected by culture wars fought on the body politic. The family’s remarkable journey is captured on film over more than a decade.

Please join us for a screening of the film followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • filmmaker Diana Newton, her sister (& featured subject of documentary) Christine
  • Dr. Andy Reynolds, director of the UNC LGBTQ Representation and Rights Initiative
  • Dr. Jean McLendon of the UNC Satir Program at the School of Social Work.

Visit Silverspot Cinema’s website to purchase tickets.

A portion of this event’s proceeds will be donated to the UNC LGBTQ Center


January 29, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Silverspot Cinema
Silverspot Cinema, 201 S Estes Dr #100,
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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