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The Right To Joy

No Georestriction

This film is available to stream worldwide.

Content advisory notice

Film contains some themes relating to medical images, strong language, transphobia, and death.

This film will be playing at the AoDR 2024 Festival between the 5th – 21st January, 2024.

This film was selected at the AoDR 2024 Festival, and was available between the 5th - 21st January, 2024.




United States


20 minutes


Jay Melena, Tim Kressin

Cast & crew

  • Producers: Davis Goslin, Abdul Kassamali
  • Executive Producers: Paolo Mottola, Hanna Boyd, Joe Crosby
  • Cast: Izzy Sederbaum
  • Cinematographer: Greg Balkin
  • Editor: Tim Kressin
  • Assistant Editor: Makenna Wall
  • Sound: Megan Goltz


As a trans-masculine cyclist and policy scholar, Izzy Sederbaum was searching for community and acceptance within the sport. After surviving a rare cougar attack on a ride outside of Seattle in early 2018, Izzy was hospitalized with severe facial trauma while hateful anti-trans rhetoric filled comment sections of news articles that he had little to no control over. In the years since, he has struggled to overcome his anxiety of being alone in the woods and the self-doubt brought on by strangers after the attack. Despite these challenges, Izzy found solace and support in the Seattle cycling community, which reignited his passion for the sport. This film follows Izzy’s journey as he navigates the aftermath of the attack, overcomes his fears, and becomes a vocal advocate for diversity and trans inclusion within cycling communities across the country.