Visually stunning, PATERNAL RITES is an innovative cinematic essay that reveals the power of film to transform us. Infused with the filmmaker’s queer and transgender subjectivity, it's a genre-bending road movie that will take your audience members on a passionate thought-provoking journey.

PATERNAL RITES is now available for:

  • classroom and community screenings hosted by university film departments and film societies

  • public and member event screenings at museums and conferences

  • calendar screenings at independent cinemas, art-houses, repertory venues and micro-cinemas

  • community screenings at non-profit and education centers focused on gender/sexual identities and expressions as well as trauma and family psychotherapy

Please fill out this form to learn about pricing for the film and appearances by the filmmaker. Screenings for professionals and students in the fields of psychology, gender, media and cultural studies strongly encouraged.

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Paternal Rites is a mesmerizing personal film that reveals the nature of family trauma in a way that arouses our senses and invites us to witness it on the most intimate level. Haunting.
— Soumyaa Behrens, Director of San Francisco State’s DocFilm Institute
A visually enchanting experimental documentary… [that] explores the difficulty some men have in connecting with their emotions or finding the right words to express themselves, and how this quandary is interwoven with the unique perspectives a trans man brings in navigating and overcoming the troubling traits associated with the toxic end of masculinity.
— Zorian Clayton, Programmer for BFI Flare