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Colors of Tobi (15*) + pre-recorded ScreenTalk with Tobi Tuza and director Alexa Bakony

Forbidden Colours

Tobi, a young person with pink hair, is draped in the rainbow flag in front of a few police officers in a still from Colors of Tobi

Alexa Bakony’s moving and uplifting documentary follows a queer teenager keen to move from their rural town to Budapest.

Meet Tobi, a 16-year-old living in a small village in the Hungarian countryside, who can’t wait to leave school and get to Budapest. Tobi, who came out as male in their early adolescence, is now moving towards identifying as non-binary. Tobi’s mother Éva struggles to understand her child’s identity, in a country where trans rights are increasingly diminished.

Alexa Bakony’s documentary evolves into a moving and inspiring portrait of the relationship between a mother and her child. Éva makes mistakes (in one scene she unthinkingly deadnames her child, to Tobi’s distress), but goes on a powerful emotional journey of her own, while Tobi’s conversations with their family make for a poignant and sensitive portrayal of unconditional love.

Followed by a ScreenTalk via Zoom with Tobi Tuza and director Alexa Bakony, hosted by curator Zorian Clayton.

Hungary 2021 Dir Alexa Bakony 81 min

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