Is There Anybody Out There? (Relaxed Screening)

Ella Glendining

Ella Glendining

Director

Country

United Kingdom

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 27 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

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Interests

Activism, Bisexual, Disability

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Filmmaker Ella Glendining was born with a disability so rare that she’s not yet met anyone else in the world who shares the experience of living in a body like hers. Through Facebook groups and online searches, she sets out to find if there really is anybody like her out there. Using intimate video diary entries, conversations with similarly bodied people and doctors treating her condition, Ella invites viewers to question their assumptions about normalcy while exploring what it takes to love oneself fiercely despite the pervasiveness of ableism.

To better serve our community, we will be holding a Relaxed Screening of this film. The theatre seating will be reduced to 25% capacity, the lights will be dimmed but still on and film sound will be lowered. Talking, looking at devices, and moving around are allowed and encouraged, as different audience members have different needs.

Sat May 27, 11:45 am
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Loveleen Kaur

Loveleen Kaur

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 20 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Icons

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Black, Lesbian, Music

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Guests

Loveleen Kaur

Loveleen Kaur

Director

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Note: Leilani’s Fortune was previously titled The Reincarnation of Ayo Leilani.

Mon May 29, 7:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Screening Sponsors

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Silvia Del Carmen Castaños

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Director

Estefanía ``Beba`` Contreras

Estefanía ``Beba`` Contreras

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 18 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Icons

Interests

Activism, BIPOC Stories, Coming Of Age, Latinx, Queer, Youth

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Sun May 28, 4:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Screening Sponsors

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Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 55 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Icons

Interests

Activism, Gay, HIV/AIDS

Rating and Content Advisory

PG

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Sat May 27, 2:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Screening Sponsors

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Is There Anybody Out There?

Ella Glendining

Ella Glendining

Director

Country

United Kingdom

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 27 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Icons

Interests

Activism, Bisexual, Disability

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Filmmaker Ella Glendining was born with a disability so rare that she’s not yet met anyone else in the world who shares the experience of living in a body like hers. Through Facebook groups and online searches, she sets out to find if there really is anybody like her out there. Using intimate video diary entries, conversations with similarly bodied people and doctors treating her condition, Ella invites viewers to question their assumptions about normalcy while exploring what it takes to love oneself fiercely despite the pervasiveness of ableism.

Sat May 27, 11:45 am
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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