VANCOUVER QUEER FILM FESTIVAL SHORT EXPLORES MAKEUPS POWER TO TRANSFORM

Growing up as a trans woman in Flying Dust First Nation in northern Saskatchewan, Smith felt different from the other kids.

North Vancouver resident Jazmine Smith applies makeup in a scene from her film, I Am Me, screening as part of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival on Aug. 22. photo supplied
VQFF – Vancouver Queer Film Festival

I Am Me, showing in The Coast is Queer program at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival at York Theatre in Vancouver, Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $14, queerfilmfestival.ca/film/the-coast-is-queer-2019.

Jazmine Smith knows about the transformative powers of makeup.

Growing up as a trans woman in Flying Dust First Nation in northern Saskatchewan, Smith felt different from the other kids. While boys her age were busy roughing it out in the mud with their action figures, she remained preoccupied with the finer details of makeup and its ability to enhance, hide or reveal. She may have outwardly passed as male at the time, but she wasn’t.

“I grew up thinking there was something wrong with me because I wasn’t like everyone else,” states Smith, in a scene from her short film, I Am Me, showing at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival next week. She would end up discovering later on that her passion for makeup was the inspiration she needed to truly, fully transition – and in the process become the person she knew she already was.

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