Leaving the Nest

Friday, June 14, 2017 | 6:30pm EST
| 82 min.

June 14, 2017
Doors: 6:30
Screening: 7:00

Co-Sponsored by Cinema Politica

Tom and Elizabeth live in a quaint suburb of Jacksonville, Florida, with two children and another on the way. Early on they notice a developmental delay in two of their sons, Mark and Tim. Medical investigations didn’t lead to any successful treatments and soon they were both diagnosed as physically and mentally disabled, limited to walkers and wheelchairs for the rest of their lives.

At the age of fifty, Tom starts to break through the fog of depression and religious oppression, comes out as gay, and leaves for New York, throwing the family into turmoil. But despite all the obstacles, Tom and Elizabeth reunite as friends and manage to accumulate enough funding for Mark and Tim to eventually move into a permanent group home housing facility.

Preceded by the short films “Lessons for Polygamists” and “Ana.”


Steelworker’s Hall
25 Cecil St, Toronto, ON M5T 1N1
PWYC, suggested donation: $5 – $20
No one turned away for lack of funds.

All screenings are PWYC and wheelchair accessible. This screening will be closed-captioned and ASL-interpreted. Please contact us if you have any additional accessibility-related inquiries.



Lessons for Polygamists

b.h. Yael

14 min | Canada | 2017

Every teenager knows better than the adults in their lives. This beautifully animated short is a story of growing up in a polygamous household, encapsulated into six lessons.


Georges Hazim

17 min | Lebanon | 2016

Discovering old distorted footage made me revisit the past, childhood, confront my parents and question my gender identity. A journey of self-development wrapped up in this self-documentary.

Leaving the Nest

Aksel Stasny

51 min | Austria | 2017

Nominated for the Austrian Documentary Award (ADA), Leaving the Nest tells the story of a married couple struggling with their children’s disabilities and the husband’s coming out as a gay man.

82 min