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NZIFF Review – ‘Rūrangi’

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New Zealand’s powerful new web-series offers genuine representation of Aotearoa’s transgender community in both performative and production roles. With a five-episode story arc, the debut season of Rūrangi explores issues that directly affect the trans community, including important conversations about mental health, familial tensions, and the impact we have on the environment.

Burnt out trans activist Caz Davis returns to Rūrangi, the rural dairy community he fled ten years ago, hoping to reconnect with his father who hasn’t heard from him since before Caz transitioned. As father and son slowly reconcile, Caz finds new, life-affirming purpose, spearheading the town’s environmental fight against ‘Big Dairy’.

Murdering bigotry one poster at a time, with slogans like “Support gender diverse youth” and “Trans is beautiful“, Caz gets introduced to us as a strong willed man who has a great group of friends, a loving successful partner and is a…

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