A brand new movie written and produced in Nova Scotia that follows the journey of a transgender lady discovering acceptance in her rural hometown premiered at Canada’s largest LGBTQ movie pageant this week.
Daybreak, Her Dad and the Tractor follows the story of Daybreak, who returns to her rural Nova Scotia dwelling after the demise of her mom, with the hope of mending her relationship together with her estranged father.
The feature-length movie premiered at Toronto’s digital Inside Out LGBTQ Movie Pageant on Thursday.
It was written and directed by Shelley Thompson of Wolfville, N.S.
Thompson began writing the movie about seven years in the past and drew from her son’s expertise of being trans.
“This movie was type of my love letter to my son’s group, and the hope that [people] perceive how essential it’s … that households and communities help trans individuals,” Thompson mentioned in an interview with CBC Radio’s Mainstreet on Wednesday.
The movie was shot totally in Nova Scotia final summer time, together with in Windsor, Halifax, Chester and Antigonish.
Thompson mentioned she wished the places to characterize rural communities throughout Canada, which frequently battle to just accept LGBTQ youngsters — one thing her personal son has skilled.
He left dwelling after graduating highschool, which impressed Thompson to jot down concerning the hardships that trans youngsters usually face when dwelling in rural communities the place help and sources could be missing.
Maya Henry, who stars as Daybreak within the movie, mentioned she will additionally relate to that have.
“[Dawn and I] each come from rural cities and escaped to giant cities so as to discover our group and to entry sources to transition and be the truest model of ourselves,” Henry mentioned on Mainstreet.
Henry, a trans lady from Ontario, has been chronicling her transition on her YouTube channel, which has greater than 200,000 subscribers.
She mentioned the character of Daybreak takes a distinct method when discussing her transition.
“She is much more non-public about her transition, [as] a method to convey that she continues to be very a lot the identical particular person,” Henry mentioned.
“She may look completely different, however she is identical beneath and he or she simply desires to be part of society like everybody else, so I believe that is a very essential story to inform.”
Thompson mentioned that lesson is the point of interest of the movie. As Daybreak restores an outdated household tractor, her father, performed by Robb Wells, should study to help his daughter and surrender his small city’s transphobia.
Henry mentioned the movie highlights simply how essential household help is when transitioning.
“This movie actually exhibits how households can actually come round, how there’s quite a lot of persistence that is wanted generally, however that most individuals — when confronted with obstacles — need to do the suitable factor, and it is only a matter of time, schooling, studying and eager to be there for the individuals you like,” she mentioned.
Thompson mentioned ever since she began writing the script, it has been crucial to solid a transgender lead and a various group of individuals.
“It was very clear that not simply Daybreak was going to be performed by a trans particular person, however that we have been going to attempt to encompass Maya with people that she acknowledged as a part of her group,” Thompson mentioned.
That is Henry’s first feature-length movie. She mentioned the expertise was life-changing.
By casting trans people like herself, Henry mentioned the movie gives illustration for the trans group but in addition normalizes trans people being accepted off-screen.
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“It actually sends dwelling the message that trans persons are in all places,” she mentioned. “They’re anybody, and we deserve to inform our tales as authentically as attainable.”
Daybreak, Her Dad and the Tractor is anticipated to make its debut in Nova Scotia on the FIN Atlantic Worldwide Movie Pageant in September.