What is Reel Stories?
Reel Stories was created to screen documentaries and films with themes around social change in an intimate setting at City of Asylum’s Alphabet City. All screenings are free public screenings that focus on issues important to our community, such as: youth, gender identity, adoption, international struggles and accomplishments, and hate crimes against our community.
MARCH 31, 2019
In honor of Trans Day of Visibility, ReelQ presents a screening of “Where is my Refuge,” episode 4 of the award-winning Sundance documentary series America in Transition. This screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A lead by the subject of the documentary episode, Nina Chaubal.
(Runtime: 22 minutes)
Nina Chaubal grew up in Mumbai, India. In 2015, she left her job at Google to co- found the Trans Lifeline, the first ever crisis hotline for transgender people. In just three years, Trans Lifeline trained 700 transgender volunteers who answered 40,000 calls. Now Nina is launching an intentional community, art space, and small business incubator in the Mojave Desert. She is helping foster numerous trans-owned small businesses.
America in Transition is an award-winning, Sundance-backed documentary series exploring relationships, family, and social issues with trans people of color across the United States. Each episode explores one person’s story in depth, tackling intersectional issues such as HIV criminalization, living as trans in the South, family acceptance, trans exclusion from the military, and immigrant detention.
Episode 4: Where Is My Refuge follows the story of Nina. After growing up misunderstood in India, Nina fell in love with another trans woman in the Bay. Together, they built a suicide hotline by road-triping across small town America and connecting with thousands of trans people. Her life changed in an instant when Arizona authorities stopped her for being brown, insisting that her marriage was invalid. In the month since her detention, Nina’s been caught in limbo, afraid she’ll be forced to leave the country where she’s saved so many lives.