Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas



Year: 2017
Country: CANADA
Run Time: 76 minutes


In mythology and pop culture, mermaids are often portrayed as whimsical creatures that long for acceptance. Unsurprisingly, for the real-life mermaids profiled in this touching documentary, slipping on a shimmering tail and getting into the water represents a profound, depth-filled experience. For transgender woman Julz, the California mermaid community helps her shed the scars from an oppressive upbringing and find a place where she belongs. Tough-talking Cookie finds relief from the lingering effects of an abusive childhood, and in the process forges a deeper relationship with her supportive husband Ralph. Sensitive Rachel and her mother perform together as mermaids, which solidifies their bond, especially in the aftermath of family trauma. And for the iconic Weeki Wachee mermaids of Florida—both alums and current members—the solace afforded by the water and their synchronized live show never dissipates with time. MERMAIDS is a loving and vivid portrayal of a unique way of life that’s healing and deeply emotional for all involved. —A.Z.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 7:25 PM

Monday, April 09, 2018 at 9:20 AM

Women of the World

Ad Hoc Docs Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Ali Weinstein

Ali Weinstein is a director, writer, and editor. She graduated from Ryerson University with an M.F.A. in documentary media studies in 2014. Weinstein also holds a B.A. in English and contemporary studies from the University of King’s College in Halifax.


Caitlin Durlak

Ali Weinstein

Catherine Lutes

Robert Swartz

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