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National Film Day: My Prairie Home

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – April 18, 2017): For National Film Day, Algoma University and Algoma Queer* Alliance are hosting a screening of My Prairie Home, a documentary musical that sheds light on growing up transgender in a rural community in Canada.

The film tells the story of Indie singer and songwriter Rae Spoon who takes viewers on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against the majestic backdrop of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, Spoon croons viewers through the process of building a life of their own, as a transgender person and as a musician.

“The film touches on the challenging aspects of growing up trans in rural spaces, a situation heavily influenced by environmental and societal factors,” said Dr. Deborah Woodman, Sociology Professor and member of AQ*A “It’s vitally important to show this perspective of a queer person coming to terms with who they are in a different [rural] setting so that others may not feel so very alone.”

The film screening of My Prairie Home will take place on Wednesday, April 19 from 7 – 9pm in the Algoma University Doc Brown Lounge (EW 205). The screening is free of charge and will be followed by a panel discussion comprised of Algoma U and Sault College students.

National Film Day is being offered as part of the university’s celebration of and critical engagement with Canada’s 150th anniversary.

For more information, visit the Canadian Film Day website.

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