Drama, 1 hr 8 min
Log line: As limitless as nature itself.
you will absolutely fall in love with Transfinite
The revolutionary and genre-mixing omnibus feature Transfinite truly exceeds any expectations and unapologetically tells original QTPOC stories of love, wonder, joy, thriving, and magic. This refreshing film takes the common trope of sad stories about queer people or people of color and subverts it entirely, instead, creating countless worlds where they are the ones in power and in control of their narratives. Directed by Neelu Bhuman, the collection of the 7 standalone short films was written by various QTPOC writers. Some of these writers also acted in various films, such as Davia Spain, D’Lo, and Ryka Aoki. Set and shot around the San Francisco Bay Area in California, Transfinite grabs you from the beginning and keeps you mesmerized, even through the end credits. If you like animation, unabashedly queer stories, spoken poetry, beautiful imagery, or incredibly diverse representation, then yes—you will absolutely fall in love with Transfinite. Read on to find out more about each short film.
Najma, written by Davia Spain and director Neelu Bhuman, tells a love story between Najma and Darnell, two Oakland up and coming hip hop artists. The only obstacle holding them back from true happiness is Darnell’s worry about what his friends would think of him dating a trans woman. I found this story intense, exciting, and visually pleasing to watch. The graphics and animation drew me in even more. Since I am a cisgender woman, I can’t speak to or relate to Najma’s shame and self-doubt of being “enough of a woman” for Darnell, but I can only imagine other trans women might.
Asura, written by and starring Ryka Aoki, is a gentle and touching Japanese American story from a grandmother told to her granddaughter, who relentlessly punches a punching bag in the hopes of growing stronger. “The harder I hit, the stronger I am!” reveals her determination to be able to fight anybody. I liked the animated story the grandmother told to show her granddaughter that strength comes from within.
Shayla, written by Cody L. Makil, features trans man Ronald’s struggles between pleasing his corporate building developer father and joining environmental activist Shayla in her efforts to spread the word to save the earth. Some elements that I appreciated the most were the gorgeous animation, Shayla’s passion for and connection to the earth, and the beautiful imagery. I also really liked that Ronald’s father was an Asian man of power and high status in a (typically) white-dominated world.
Bahari, written by producer Stefano Gonzalez, begins Neruda’s story with “I wish us a future in a world with no limiting borders, to freely love each other, with no obstacles”. Neruda is enamored with the magical flying Swahili poetry art, which connects them to their lover Bahari, who only travels in stealth because of border control issues. This one intrigued me because I didn’t fully understand it, but at the same time, could appreciate it equally. I liked the clever shots to reveal or hide certain moments or aspects. The spoken poetry was beautiful, as well.
Nova, written by Neelu Bhuman, is probably one of my favorites! The title character Nova, sunshine child of a loving throuple, uses her magical powers to get back at her bullying classmate Billy for stealing her crutch. Humor and hijinks ensue. This short was charming, funny, and satisfying. I appreciated both the young girl of color representation and the polyamory representation with her three parents.
Maya, written by and starring D’Lo, features gorgeous flower imagery in a greenhouse and an instant connection between Mango Blu and Parrot Pink, set to the poem “Maya”. I will admit, there were a lot of things I was unclear on or didn’t understand about this short until I did further research. However, with that new understanding, I was able to appreciate their love story more. I was most impressed with the makeup, the set design, and the chemistry between the two characters.
And last but not least—Viva, written by and starring Davia Spain! This one was also one of my favorites. The celestial and alluring Honey weaves a magic spell on a sleazy politican who is enamored with her, in an effort to get him to enact positive racial, social, and political change. I found this quite refreshing and enticing, especially considering the United States is full of such issues, and I’m sure there are people out there who would love these positive changes. Some of Honey’s demands were: free healthcare for all, returning stolen Native lands, gender liberation for all transgender people, and free un-whitewashed education for all, among others. I absolutely love that this story was written by a transgender woman of color about a transgender woman of color in a position of power and control. So badass!
All seven of these standalone short films are incredibly well done, well written, imaginative, and beautiful in their own ways. While this film collection was created by, for, and about the QTPOC community, you don’t have to be queer, transgender, or a person of color to appreciate the animation and originality of these stories. Transfinite is truly a film like no other. I hope this will inspire other filmmakers and creators to continue delivering revolutionary QTPOC representation, while also having the freedom and curiosity to experiment with mixing and trying new genres. I am truly excited to see what Neelu Bhuman comes up with next.
Good news is, you don’t have to wait to watch Transfinite! It is available to rent now on Lesflicks VOD with English, Spanish, and French subtitles—you’ll have viewing access for 3 days. You can watch it over and over again, as many times as you like. If you liked any or all of the films in this collection, be sure to share your excitement on social media, or if you have a friend who might like it, tell them to rent it! The best part of Lesflicks VOD as a platform is that 50% of streaming/rental revenue goes directly back to the creators. Which in turn, will help them create their next works. A win-win!
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Written By Shawna
Editor, Reviewer, Writer
Independent screenwriter and director with the focus of telling stories for and about women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized groups.