Jason Barker’s autobiographical debut feature is made entirely from personal archive and home video diaries, the film follows his incredible story of how he came to give birth to his son, charting over 15 years of his and his partner Tracey’s life.
Amid the Gender Recognition Act reform, and with Ireland moving towards a more progressive and inclusive society, this unique personal story of a trans man’s journey towards parenthood captures the current mood of both the political and societal landscapes that are currently being reformed to recognise the challenges LGBTQ+ people face.
A Deal With The Universe offers an intimate insight into gender identity and parenthood for trans people, showing an extraordinarily honest look at the challenges and triumphs one couple faces as their journey takes several very unexpected turns. The documentary offers a new perspective on the trans stories we may have heard before, focusing on life after transition.
“It’s so important to document queer history,” said Director Jason “I’d like audiences to take away a greater understanding that gender and identity are not always clear-cut, that trans people are not victims and can demonstrate resilience and humour in our lives”.
Producer, Loran Dunn says: “We can’t wait to show an Irish audience this incredible story, it’s a film that marks a milestone in LGBT filmmaking, but above all else, it’s a love story. Galway Film Festival not only has a local impact in Ireland but an international reach, which is the perfect platform for Jason’s incredible story.
This is just one of many films in the “Out in Film” strand at this years Galway Film Fleadh, the line-up of which includes Disobedience, Tranny Fag and Cola De Mono. See the full line up here.
A Deal With The Universe screens on Friday 13th July at Pálás Cinema.
Tickets are on sale now via https://tht.ie/2991/galway-film-fleadh-2018
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