Trans Film Night: “LA DANY”

Free Film! Free Snacks! Free Talk!

The Trans Inclusion Group hosts a FREE screening of: “LA DANY”

Everyone welcome. Allies welcome.

► LA DANY: is an intimate doc-portrait of the odd and extraordinary Dany Castaño Quintero, a transvestite street performer from Medellín, Colombia. For over 20 years, Dany has entertained the crowds that gather in Bolívar Park every Sunday following mass. Her improvised show, with its over-the-top depictions of kidnappings, rapes, murders and infidelities, is pure entertainment, high on audience participation and low on good taste. Dany endears the poor and dispossessed. With her theatrics and heart she’s become an icon for the city’s gay community. Dany is adored for her humour, spirit and generosity. But away from her adoring public, life is a struggle. Barely able to read or write, Dany forges a day-to-day existence to stay safe, sane and alive.

Dany makes weirdness work. By playing with found objects, absurdity and her own identity, Dany ultimately plays with the constructions of joy, violence, imagination, reality, innocence, vulgarity, community, conflict, show and life, and gender and self. LA DANY celebrates art as activism and makes spectacle political. But what will you see in LA DANY? Come be her audience…

dir.: Julie and Jim Giles
rated: unrated (2010)
produced by: Julie and Jim Giles for Brother & Sister Productions
music by: Alex Cuba, Ron Davis, Rubén “Beny” Esguerra, Diego Marulanda
language: Spanish with English subtitles


Date and Time:
Monday October 25, 2010

The Centre for Women and Trans People
563 Spadina Ave. rm.100
wheelchair accessible through Bancroft Avenue
seating may be limited
womens.centre AT utoronto DOT ca

Vegan & nut-free meal/snacks (ingredient list available)
Open discussion afterwards.

For accessibility accommodations contact: tig.action.toronto AT gmail DOT com

** Thank you to the filmmakers for their work and generous donation
** And thank you for your support of the Trans Film Screening Series

Post-event a DVD copy of LA DANY will be available through The Dr. Chun Resource Library (a social justice library and joint project with OPIRG Toronto located at The Centre for Women and Trans People)