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by Chase Joynt
Canada / 8:23 / 2012
sound / colour / English

Akin marks the first creative collaboration between Toronto-based artist Chase Joynt (Everyday to Stay) and NYC-based filmmaker Brooke Sebold (Red Without Blue). With haunting suburban visuals backed by the rich sounds of Toronto based-band Ohbijou, Akin powerfully engages in a relationship between an Orthodox Jewish mother and her transgender son as they navigate silent secrets of a shared past.

"Hauntingly beautiful. Rarely have I watched a film that is such a perfect union of parsimony and punch. It left me breathless." - Michelle Stone

"Perfectly timed and sequenced, Akin is so resolutely personal in its detailing. Joynt points to a place, draws a circle around it, and then refuses to fill it in, restraint that leaves a powerful silence in which the viewer can inhabit." - Mike Hoolboom

Winner of the EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist, Inside Out LGBT Film & Video Festival (2012)


  • autobiography
  • children/youth
  • environment
  • family
  • landscape/arch.
  • psychology/mental health
  • Queer/Bi/Trans

Exhibition Formats

  • Digi-Beta NTSC


  • documentary
  • queer
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