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A trans activist returns to his long-abandoned New Zealand hometown to reconnect with his roots, loves, and estranged father in this vivacious portrait of coming into one's own



The last thing trans activist and educator Caz (Elz Carrad) wants to do is return to his long-abandoned hometown in rural New Zealand.

This Spotlight film will premiere Wednesday October 21 at 8PM and remain available through the end of the Festival

But when he reaches rock bottom, Caz finds himself inexplicably drawn back to his dairy-farm upbringing, where he connects with old friends, still-burning past flames, and, most tentatively, his estranged father. Written and produced by a team of trans artists and interweaving themes of environmentalism, Indigenous identity, and the strengths of queer friendship, RŪRANGI is a compassionate, fearless, and vivacious portrait of coming into your own all over again.

Cast: Elz Carrad, Arlo Green, Āwhina Rose Henare Ashby, Kirk Torrance, Ramon Te Wake, Sonny Tupu, Aroha Rawson, Renee Lyons, Renée Sheridan

Writer: Cole Meyers

Part of The 32nd Annual New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Presented in partnership with GLAAD and Māoriland Film Festival


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