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The films this week deal specifically with how gender has been historically portrayed in films. Oftentimes films which focus on gender use the critical eye of their present to understand a person or event in the past. In this way each one of these films actually reflects two histories, two cultural societies, and two frameworks for gender. Moonlight investigates the relationship of between machismo in African American male culture and homosexuality. Inxeba: The Wound studies the warring commitments of loyalty to community and self in the context of a coming of age initiation ritual. All About My Mother examines the complex interplay of trans-sexuality, homosexuality, and traditional relationships in the context of the AIDS epidemic in Spain. Heartstone takes an honest and intimate look at a group of teenagers in a rural Iceland deeply influenced by American culture and homophobia. Finally, Billy Elliot uses the backdrop of UK Miner’s Strike to highlight the generational clash on ideas for the proper behaviors for gender as a miner’s son wishes to become a ballet dancer.