Now Available: They

Through the prism of J (Rhys Fehrenbacher), notions of in-between-ness, be that gender, national/ cultural identity, or indeed the very puzzling idea(s) of “home”, are explored.

Fourteen-year-old J used they/them pronouns and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago. J is exploring their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make a decision whether or not to transition.

Over this crucial weekend while their parents are away, J’s sister Lauren and her maybe/maybe-not Iranian partner Araz arrive to take care of J. During this time together, J, Lauren and Araz form an intimate family unit. Each character is in a state of suspension, of being in-between, of not belonging. J voices what all three feel: a reluctance to change, a desire to remain in childhood where innocence is still possible even as it recedes into the distance.

Watch the trailer for the moving, contemplative They below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 4/24/20

Available now, one month before DVD!

Brothers-in-law Sasha, a meek farmhand, and Dima, a policeman, have always had a fraught relationship. When the two set out on a trip together through the desolate, wide-open country of Siberia, the pair soon become not only travel companions, but secret lovers. ‘Siberia & Him’ is a available to stream now, exclusively on Dekkoo!

Mickaël, a pig farmer in rural France, finds his search for an amorous connection interrupted by the sudden return of the charming and youthful Paul. ‘Magnetic Harvest’ is available now on Dekkoo!

‘Trade’ is the story of two men, one a streetwise hustler, the other a straight-laced lawyer, who meet and form a relationship that brings to light who they really are. Stream ‘Trade’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A film about the exhuberance of youth and first love. Mixed with juuuust a touch devastating pain and sadness.

New This Week – 4/17/20

‘Twilight’ star Booboo Stewart stars as a Chinese-American teen with Asperger’s syndrome who begins investigating the secret life of his late older brother. Joan Chen, BD Wong and “Glee” star Harry Shum Jr. co-star in this moving family drama from writer-director Quentin Lee. ‘White Frog’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo.

Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun ‘They’ and is exploring their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make a decision about whether or not to transition. Stream ‘They’ now on Dekkoo!

International Chrysis was a New York “show girl” and drag queen. Surreal herself, Chrysis was one of Salvador Dali’s inner circle, a woman from the waist up, a man from the waist down. The movie penetrates Chrysis’ hidden world of transsexual and drag queens, hormones, drugs and prostitution, a dark world she lights up with humor, wit and glamour. ‘Split: Portrait of a Drag Queen’ is available now on Dekkoo.

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Coming Next Week: Two men fall in love in a run-down town of Siberia, Russia.

New This Week – 4/3/20

Pedro, a 70-year-old gay nurse, is taking care of Daniela, his ailing transgender friend. In order to find her a vacant hospital bed, he decides to help an arrested and wounded criminal to escape. ‘Greta’ is now streaming on Dekkoo!

While Montreal is in the throes of a string of kidnappings targeting young boys, ten-year-old Felix is finishing his school year in the seemingly quiet suburb where he lives. A sensitive boy with a vivid imagination, Felix is afraid of everything. Little by little, his imaginary demons begin to mirror those of the truly disturbing world around him. Stream ‘Demons’ now on Dekkoo!

Jimmy Park is visiting home for the first time in years and has nothing to show for his time living overseas in Seoul. But old tensions come to a head when he confronts his homophobic sister at a family dinner. ‘Zero One’ is now available to stream on Dekkoo!

In this inspiring animated short film, a young man comes out to his father while preparing his favorite traditional dish. Watch ‘The Fish Curry’ on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A soulfully melancholy reflection on the extreme isolation of the refugee experience.

New This Week – 2/7/20

A gay sauna, not unlike the legendary Continental Baths, is the meeting place for a ragtag group of strangers looking for anonymous sex – and perhaps a friendly smile – in this compassionate new comedy-drama. Everyone at Copa 181 is looking to escape from their mundane reality. Falling under its seductive spell, they learn that family is where you find it. ‘Copa 181’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

The 15 year old footballers Loris and Thomas are bored, and steal their trainer’s mobile phone, where they discover photos of young footballers naked in the shower. Loris decided to use the pictures as a revenge. Stream ‘Play it Like a Man’ now on Dekkoo!

Kumar, a bachelor in his thirties leaves his corporate job in Kochi to become a graphic novelist. He embarks on a new life as an Uber driver in Kochi while working on his graphic novel titled ‘Pixelia’. One day a transgender named Mandakini gets into his cab and that day changes Kumar’s life forever. ‘Pixelia’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: The release of the trailer for our brand-new Dekkoo-original ‘Stranger Hearts’!

New This Week – 10/18/19

What starts out as a sexual relationship of convenience for Gabriel and Juan, two male colleagues, soon develops into a tender and intimate relationship, as sweet as it is heartbreaking. Don’t miss this critically-acclaimed new romance from prolific writer-director Marco Berger. Stream ‘The Blonde One’ now exclusively on Dekkoo!

A single, gay man schemes creative ways to have a hunky repairman continue to have to come back to his house to fix things, but suddenly the fantasies become more than either of them expected. ‘The Handyman’ is now available on Dekkoo!

After a violent incident involving their abusive, homophobic father, teen siblings Robson and Marcelo are sent away to live with their elderly grandmother on the outskirts of the city. This colorful new coming-of-age series captures the lives and loves of today’s teens in Brazil. Binge-watch the first season of ‘I Am Love’ now on Dekkoo!

Boyfriends Alex and Hugo have been together for a little over six months. One Friday night at Alex’s apartment, the two of them begin discussing their sexual roles. What begins as a simple conversation soon exposes important issues that have been hiding just under the surface of their relationship. ‘Versatile’ is available now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: The new Dekkoo-original series, The Third!

Don’t Miss the Critically-Acclaimed Doc Mala Mala

Mala Mala, the critically acclaimed documentary from directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, explores the intimate moments, performances, friendships and activism of trans identifying people, drag queens and others who defy typical gender identities in Puerto Rico.

Still from Mala Mala

The film features Ivana, an activist; Soraya, an older sex-change pioneer; Sandy, a prostitute looking to make a change; and Samantha and Paxx, both of whom struggle with the quality of medical resources available to assist in their transition.

Still from Mala Mala

Hailed as “sensitive and thoughtful” by the New York Times  and winner of the audience award for documentary film at the Tribeca Film Festival, Mala Mala is a deeply involving piece of work which boldly affirms that the quest to find oneself can be both difficult and beautiful.

Still from Mala Mala

Watch the trailer for Mala Mala below. The film is currently available to stream on Dekkoo.