DFT @ Home | Against the Current

(Iceland/2021—directed by Óskar Páll Sveinsson) 

How far do you have to travel to find yourself? And what sacrifices are you willing to make to get there? Veiga Grétarsdóttir is the first person in the world to attempt to kayak over 2,000 kilometers around Iceland, counter-clockwise and “against the current.” This achievement has been said to be comparable to climbing the mountain K2.

Veiga’s personal journey is no less remarkable. She was born 44 years ago as a boy in a fishing village on the far west coast of Iceland. Veigar had a wife and family but decided that she could no longer live as a man, and at the age of 38, decided to undergo gender reassignment. The inner struggle for Veigar to become Veiga proved to be a journey as difficult – if not more so – than the solo kayak expedition she undertook.

These two stories of conflict, struggle and inner strength are gracefully intertwined as the film follows her amazing 103-day journey around Iceland, with the magical, rugged coastline of the country as a backdrop to the story of Veiga’s transition. In Icelandic with English subtitles. (88 minutes) 

Against the Current doesn’t waste time arguing about trans female athletes’ legitimacy. It just shows the life of one such woman and celebrates her accomplishments, with great pictorial style.” – Steve Erickson, Gay City News 


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