Iris Prize 2020



Mae Mann


Joyce Louis-Jean, James Masino


Mae Mann



usa, 8 mins

October follows a Ugandan teen named Dembe, as they come out to their mother as transgender and try to navigate their identity in a society opposed to it.

Mae October yn dilyn merch o Uganda o’r enw Dembe, wrth ddod allan at eu mam yn draws a cheisio llywio eu hunaniaeth mewn cymdeithas sy’n ei gwrthwynebu.


Mae Mann is an award winning director and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up queer in a small southern town shaped her into an artist unafraid of exploring the road less traveled. She tackles often overlooked themes; delving into isolationism, mental illness, and identity – with an undeniable love for the underdog.

As an artist she strives for honesty, and is committed to the craft of storytelling. She has written, directed, and edited a dynamic range of films that have played in festivals around the world, and holds numerous accolades including two Red Dot Design Awards, College Television Award Nominations, and two Gold Addy Awards.

Mae is passionate about people, and telling their stories with simplicity.
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