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DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Welcome to Dennis Anyone, a podcast about making things up and making things happen. I love to talk to creative types about what they do and how they do it. Hope you enjoy my conversations as much as I do. - Dennis H.

Apr 4, 2024

Dennis is joined via Zoom by filmmakers Monica Villamizar and Jordan Bryon to talk about their new documentary Transition, which Jordan is also the main subject of. Here's the film's synopsis: Australian journalist Jordan Bryon gains incredible access to a Taliban unit during the fall of Afghanistan. The countryʼs transition coincides with his own physical transformation as a trans man. While he and his local videographer, Teddy, embed with the Taliban, Jordan conceals his physiology and is accepted as a man. However, if the Taliban were to find out, he and Teddy would likely be in grave danger. The film follows Jordanʼs journey, as he paradoxically gains more freedom as he transitions, while deftly chronicling the increasing oppression of women as the Taliban transitions to power. Jordan talks about why he felt more at home embedded with a Taliban unit than he does at a queer bar in Sydney, how he met his girlfriend Kiana who also appears in the film and why his mom is so cool. Monica talks about what drew her to the story, the frustration of not being able to shoot in certain places because she's a woman and how she'll never forget how shocked she was to learn that many of the young Talibs she met had no idea who Osama Bin Laden even was. Other topics include: bra burning rituals, what things are like in Afghanistan now, nerve-wracking airport checkpoints and the surprising reactions they've gotten so far from the movie.