Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth

Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 6:00pm
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 2:15pm
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Jeanie Finlay
UK
2019
90 minutes

Freddy is 30 years old and yearns to start a family. For him, this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man, and the decision to carry his own baby required years of soul searching. The reality of pregnancy came as a shock, both as a physical experience and one that challenges society’s fundamental understanding of gender, parenthood, and family. What for Freddy feels pragmatic, to others seems deeply confusing and confronting. Against a backdrop of increasingly open hostility towards trans people the world over, Freddy is forced to confront his own naivety, mine unknown depths of courage, and lean on every friend and family member who will stand by him.

DOXA audiences may remember director Jeanie Finlay’s previous works Orion: The Man Who Would Be King (DOXA 2015) and The Great Hip Hop Hoax (DOXA 2013). In Seahorse, Finlay’s camera expertly captures intimate moments between Freddy and his family throughout his journey. There are many points where the story seems like it may go sideways into darkness, yet despite the challenges, the film ultimately lands on a note of resilience and hope. -JB