ConsiderPanu Saeng-Xuto // Thailand // 2013 // 20 min // Original with English sub. // 18+

Third Sex
Thu, 24 Apr • TIM XXI 4 • 19:30
Sat, 26 Apr • TIM XXI 3 • 17:00

The teenager Tay is a ladyboy, or kathoey, as members of this relatively well-tolerated transgender group are called in Thailand. They usually demonstrate a traditional female role and are sometimes called the Third Sex. Interviews with sympathetic fellow students and a teacher who is also a kathoey show the level of acceptance of Tay’s orientation at his Christian school Saint Joseph Mueang-Ake. But as his tearful mother explains, a single intolerant and violent teacher once drove him to attempt suicide.

Panu Saeng-Xuto’s previous works are Pre-Attitude (2009) and 3_Gen (2010), which was awarded the White Pigeon Award as the best short film that promotes freedom and equal rights from the Thai Short Film and Video Festival. Currently he is studying at the Visual Arts Department in Chulalongkorn University Thailand.