Loading the player...
Return to Main Page

Synopsis: Diovanna, a dancer realizes her transfemme identity through a choreographic journey of self-discovery, celebration, and the poetic metaphor of a flower coming to bloom.


Social Issues



Run Time

5 minutes


Diovanna LaBeija (Self)

Directed by

Susan O'Brien

Written by

Diovanna LaBeija

Produced by

Bonnie Dolan
Margaret Montavon
Elizabeth Raia
Giselle Byrd

Executive Producer

Alexandra Billings
Chrisanne Blankenship-Billings

Director's Statement

When We Arrive As Flowers is a collaborative project with dancer and poet, Diovanna LaBeija that was inspired from a conversation we had about how Diovanna viewed her transition story as a metaphorical portrait of a seed’s growth in a garden. We both were drawn to this imagery to represent coming into yourself as blossoming into a flower surrounded by a community of other welcoming flowers. We wanted to create a film that felt artful, joyful and celebratory of the journey of her transfemme identity.

Director's Bio

Susan O’Brien is a NY based filmmaker, writer and photographer. Her work has been featured at the Smithsonian as well as, MTV, film festivals globally including a World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, online publications, and global campaigns for Me Too International and Planned Parenthood. She is an alumni of the Tribeca and Chanel’s Through Her Lens filmmaking workshop. Her mission is to create content that celebrates and amplifies voices of women-identifying artists, the LGBTQIA+ community and marginalized groups.

Production Year


Official Website



Please don't close or refresh the page while we are processing your submission
Please be patient, this could take a few minutes.

Choose the plan that’s right for you!

Change or cancel anytime

Single Channel
Click to subscribe
Multiple Channels
Click to subscribe
All Access
Click to subscribe
Subscription Price From: $4.99 / month $9.99 / month $14.99 / month
Free Trial Period
Automatic with subscription
Yes Yes Yes
Watch on your laptop, TV, phone, or tablet Yes Yes Yes
Single Festival Access Yes Yes Yes
Multiple Festival Access No Yes Yes
Unlimited Films On Demand
VOD Library
No No Yes

Request A Screening

Oops! We could not locate your form.


Create an Account

You will create your account during the first purchase on Film Festival Flix. To create an account now, select the Channel that's right for you? Subscribe or select the ticketing page. If you're not ready to purchase at this time, you can create your account at any time in the future.