Well Rounded

19 August to 22 August 2021


Edgy, hilarious, sometimes raunchy, and sometimes heartbreaking, Well Rounded brings fat queers to the forefront, with interviews from artists to health professionals in this fantastic new local documentary from former VQFF Artistic Director Shana Mayara.

Systemic fatphobia has been shaped by white supremacy, nationalism, and misogyny. These same oppressive dynamics play out in queer communities everyday. Featuring hilarious, vulnerable, and insightful stories from Mi’qmaw comedian and broadcaster, Candy Palmater, interdisciplinary performer Ivory, and local queers including style icon Lydia Okello and comedian Joanne Tsung, this documentary balances the personal impacts of fatphobia with scientific insight on weight stigma from psychologist Dr. Janet Tomiyama and socio-political context from historian Dr. Jenny Ellison. Well Rounded is a celebration and affirmation of fat queer bodies and identities, especially for those of us who don’t often see our BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, disabled and/or fat selves celebrated on screen.

Don’t miss a Q&A with director Shana Myara and select cast members!

Please be advised, this film contains discussions about self-harm, suicide, and sexual assault.