“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.” – Emily Dickinson
In a generation built on texts, tweets, memes, and irony, what has become of the weight of our words? In what way does communication serve as a form of self-expression, and self-expression a form of communication?
Director A.J. Mattioli’s new documentary Words explores how people navigate gender and identity in the open and evolving landscape of New York City. Using some of NYC’s most gender fluid scenes as a backdrop, Mattioli investigates how masculinity, femininity and everything in between are contextualized in a range of environments, from the theatre world to early childhood education.
Featuring exclusive interviews from a variety of artists, activists, icons, and innovators, Words is a poignant and powerful tribute to the language we use to shape our identities.