Tom / Trans / Thai

View the trailer:

Tom / Trans / Thai [Trailer] from Jai Arun Ravine on Vimeo.


Tom / Trans / Thai is a short experimental film that approaches the silence around female-to-male (FTM) transgender identity in the Thai context by addressing tom and trans-masculine identities in Thai and Thai American communities and the transnational relationships between gender and language.

Interviews conducted with Thai and Thai American toms and trans-masculine people are channeled through the moving body in an effort to locate ourselves in the Thai landscape and create a new language for our kind of being.


Tom / Trans / Thai (2011)
Country of Production: Thailand
Duration: 17 minutes
Language: No spoken language; English and Thai subtitles

The film “Tom / Trans / Thai” has been supported by ComPeung as part of their contribution ‘ComPeung featuring Jai Arun Ravine’ for exhibition ‘Chiang Mai Now’ @ Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, April – June 2011. ComPeung is the first non-governmental artist-in-residence program in Thailand. Since 2005 ComPeung aspires to provide a platform for explorations and questioning in the arts.

Screenings and Presentations

International Transgender Day of Visibility presented by TEAK – Trans Empowerment
Bangkok, Thailand
March 31, 2017

xart splitta filmreihe
Berlin, Germany
April 14, 2016

Athens, Greece
February 26, 2015

Octubre Trans BCN
Barcelona, Spain
October 23, 2014

“From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant Garde” Symposium
CIIS, San Francisco
August 23, 2014

Summer of Brown Boi event, hosted by The Brown Boi Project
Fresno State University, Fresno, CA
August 2, 2014

Anarchopride 2014
Stockholm, Sweden
July 30, 2014

6th Entzaubert D.I.Y. Queer International Film Festival
Berlin, Germany
July 5, 2014

Retheorising Gender and Sexuality: The Emergence of ‘Trans’ Seminar Series Event
University of Warwick, UK
June 26-27, 2014

Refractions: Technologies of Queer Place Making
Art Gallery Exhibit Curated by Treva Ellison, Samuel Riera, Logbona Olukonee, and Christine Knight
June 6-20, 2014

Under New Management: Video Store
Access Gallery
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
July 30 – September 7, 2013

CAAMFest 2013 | Queer Convergence
San Francisco, CA
March 17 and 20, 2013

Past Present | Future Imperatives: Queer Space Time
Video Installation
Sabina Lee Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
February 25 – March 24, 2012

Film Screening and Artist Talk
Pitzer College
Benson Auditorium
Claremont, CA
February 22, 2012

My People Film Series Shorts Program
Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
Pittsburgh, PA
November 8, 2011

Dirtstar: Take Root Closing Performance
Tenderloin National Forest, San Francisco
June 19, 2011

Payap Presents
Wednesday April 27, 2011
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Pentecost Building, Room 317
Payap University, Mae Kao Campus
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Informal Northern Thai Group meeting
Tuesday April 19, 2011
Alliance Francaise
138, Charoen Prathet Road, opposite Wat Chaimongkhon
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Now! exhibition
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
Bangkok, Thailand
April 7 – June 19, 2011

Essays and Articles

Toms and Zees: Locating FTM Identity in Thailand is the article that accompanies the film; it outlines in further detail my research and interviews with participants and is available in Transgender Studies Quarterly Issue 1.3: Decolonizing the Transgender Imaginary (Duke University Press, 2014).

A previous version of this article was titled “Tom/Gay, Trans/Queer: Mixed Translations Across Thai and Thai American Trans-Masculinities,” an excerpt of which was published in Wild Gender (March 25, 2013).

An essay consisting of blog entries written during the making of the film have been published as Under Erasure in A TransPacific Poetics anthology edited by Lisa Samuels and Sawako Nakayasu (Litmus Press, 2017).

Orders and Bookings

Interested in acquiring a DVD of the film, or booking a film screening or presentation? Email me at jai[at]jaiarunravine[dot]com.

Resource List

Some resources collected during my research into the intersections between Thai, tom, queer and trans identities. Visit the list.