Sidney & Friends

2018

Sidney & Friends

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When his family tries to kill him, Sidney, who is intersex, flees to Nairobi where he meets a group of transgender friends. Together, they fight discrimination and discover life, love and self-worth. Sidney grew up in rural western Kenya. He didn't like wearing skirts or doing chores that girls are traditionally supposed to do, preferring herding cattle and playing football. Sidney was born intersex, but Sidney only knew he was different. Growing up, he found these differences increasingly made him stand out in the community, a source of concern to family members that manifested itself into chastisement, castigation, and hate. His family say he is possessed by demons, demons that make him want to become a man. When Sidney fled from his family's prejudice, he was forced from slum to slum, stripped in public and beaten. His life changed when he eventually met a group of transgender friends. For the first time in his life, Sidney was no longer alone... Feature documentary Sidney & Friends is a heartfelt exploration of the hopes, dreams, and everyday reality of a group of intersex and transgender friends fighting to survive on the edge of Kenyan society. Join Sidney and his new friends as they share what it is like to grow up and live as a gender minority, in a region known for prejudice and discrimination against its LGBTI population. Filmed over 3 years, our friends reveal the secrets of their struggles with poignancy and sometimes also humour. The premise is simple; it's about gender, friendship...and love.

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  • It is direct in its message, gentle in its execution, deeply empathetic to the struggles of the LGBTQ community.

    October 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The subjects of Tristan Aitchison's powerful Sidney & Friends tell their stories directly to the camera, resulting in an intimate record of abuses endured by Kenya's intersex and trans community.

    March 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Sidney And Friends is a powerful piece of filmmaking exploring the human impact of prejudice and simple ignorance.

    December 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Aitchison is recounting universal stories about the deeper yearning each of us has, regardless of the specifics of our situation: either everyone has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, or no one does.

    June 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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