Transfinite is a sci-fi omnibus feature film composed of seven standalone short stories where supernatural trans and queer people from various cultures use their powers to protect, love, teach, fight and thrive.
All seven stories are written by trans and queer writers of colour with myriad backgrounds, incorporating exquisite poetry, subtle VFX, sublime animation and enveloping music.
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Chapter 1 NAJMA: Najma rattles off shame before it destroys all relationships.
Chapter 2 ASURA: Martial arts Grandma teaches her Granddaughter that the grace of wind is a powerful tool when faced with hard reality.
Chapter 3 SHAYLA: Channelling her strength from the mighty oak tree, Shayla transforms Ronald from a brick in a building into a powerful earth-caring flower.
Chapter 4 BAHARI: Neruda’s oceanic love and Bahari’s expansive poetry are an ideal match that undo all borders.
Chapter 5 NOVA: Dance loving sunshine Nova – birthed by a trans person, raised by three parents – protects herself from a bullying classmate with her BFF Omari.
Chapter 6 MAYA: Sexy Orchid Mango Blu expands his inner universe instantly after falling for Parrot Pink who puts duty above all.
Chapter 7 VIVA: Formidable Honey casts a celestial spell on the sleazy politician to make America’s best wishes come true.
Neelu Bhuman is an independent auteur filmmaker exploring socio-political themes as they play out in close relations. Playfully evoking insights into the workings of difference, their films blend viewpoints ranging from race, gender, sexuality, culture, class, and romance. They are currently in production on their second feature film and first creative documentary feature. Neelu is a non-binary transmasculine pansexual immigrant of South Indian origin, who has lived, studied, and contributed in the USA and UK for 25 years.
Image credit: Tranfinite (still), courtesy Neelu Bhuman.