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A Deal With The Universe is the debut feature from transgender filmmaker Jason Barker, documenting the true story of a very different kind of pregnancy. Made entirely from personal archive footage and home video diaries, the film follows Jason and his partner Tracey’s incredible story of how he came to give birth to his child, charting over 15 years of the highs and lows of their lives.

This film provides ground-breaking, intimate insight into gender identity and the quest for parenthood. Arriving at a time of growing social and legal debate on trans rights, it is revelatory about film’s role in shifting societal attitudes.

The screening will be followed by an onstage interview and Q&A with the film’s director and ‘star’ Jason Barker


A poignant, valuable film

The Times

A film of little moments and big heart

Time Out​

Screening Rights is the Midlands’ international festival of social justice film and debate. The fifth Screening Rights Film Festival takes place 21-24 November in Birmingham and Coventry, with a programme that combines screenings of some of the most interesting and highly acclaimed new films with post-screening discussions involving directors, producers, writers, activists and experts. Screening Rights aims to inspire and develop debate on the potential of film to affect personal, social and political change. Join their mailing list here 

Midlands Arts Centre is serious about film. We listen to our audiences to ensure you get the cinema experience you want. Duration stated includes trailers and adverts (check individual listings for Q&A details). Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food and drink policy. You can find more information about our cinema refreshments policy here. You can also see more information about Relaxed Screenings here.

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