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I'm trying to find a short film again that I watched a while ago, probably on YouTube. The setting is in a society that has entirely reversed gender roles, but is otherwise very similar to ours.

The plot is about a family that could probably be characterized as white trash living in a suburban house. The family is led by a matriarch, a tough, non-nonsense woman in her 40s. She has adult daughters living at home. One of them is a car aficionado and, I think, owns a spiffed-up ride.

The family is assaulted and robbed by a gang led by another, younger woman who pretended to be the new neighbor, so that she was invited inside.

There are maybe two men in the household. The movie entirely reverses the gender roles: The men perform the stereotypical female household roles and wear aprons. The women tell them what to do. At some point during the robbery the matriarch makes a stand, saying something along the lines "I can tolerate [all kinds of abuse] but I cannot let you beat [or scare, frighten, harass, assault?] my men", again gender-reversing a stereotypically protective male attitude towards women. At some point she takes a pretty heavy beating herself in a very stoic fashion.

All my attempts to find this movie again failed, partly because the keywords to search for are all very common.

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    Can you recall any additional details that would make this fall into either the Science Fiction or Fantasy categories?
    – Xantec
    Commented Aug 29, 2022 at 7:23
  • What exactly is "white trash" though? Just trying to understand the context.
    – Clockwork
    Commented Aug 29, 2022 at 7:56
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    @Xantec Well, the entire world (what we see of it) seems gender-reversed, so I think it falls into the category of an alternate reality fantasy. Commented Aug 29, 2022 at 8:12
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    @Clockwork Poor, not well educated, simple housing (although they own a modest house that is one step up from a trailer, I think). Perhaps alcohol or drug problems. Commented Aug 29, 2022 at 8:15
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    @Peter-ReinstateMonica Eh, this is just my opinion so don't delete it. I've posted on meta to see if this question fits what is on topic or not.
    – Xantec
    Commented Aug 31, 2022 at 4:57

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The short is Hail Mary Country by Tannaz Hazemi1, and it didn't disappoint when I revisited it, quite to the contrary: It is very well made. I recommend watching it, there is a copy on vimeo. Lori Jean Wilson impresses in the role of the matriarch.

Whether it can be considered fantasy genre, in the sense of an alternate reality, is probably still unclear. While the gender reversal appears not restricted to the specific household where the robbery takes place, there is little to no depiction of other parts of the society. There is a poster of the Women's Football Alliance and the women's team West Michigan Mayhem, both of which exist in our reality.


1 I found the movie by skimming through two years (the age of the laptop on which I correctly thought I watched it) of YouTube browser history in a bout of desperation. I was lucky enough to not scroll past it, helped by the fact that I appear to watch shorts in clusters. The YouTube copy itself was removed, which is probably why my previous keyword searches had come up empty.

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    Don't forget to self-accept, of course.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Aug 31, 2022 at 16:44

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