by Chris Arnold (Director)
Sex Smart Films, 2012
Review by Christian Perring on Mar 3rd 2015
Trans is an even-handed sympathetic documentary about people who identify as transgender and who go through steps to identify as the gender opposite to the one they were identified as at birth. We see people in a variety of different situations: a young child who identifies as a girl, teens who identify as male, an ex-military person who now is married to a man and identifies as a woman, and people later on in life. People tell their stories, and they explain the difficulties they face. There is a high risk of discrimination, physical attack, and of self-harm and suicide. But we also see acceptance and love in the families of trans people. The documentary is well crafted, with professional editing and a clear narrative. Some characters appear several times and we get to know them and their families, so that by the end of the movie, we have followed through them major parts of their life stories and come to feel more familiar and connected with them. This is a movie with the power to move and show the humanity behind trans people. It is both educational and has the potential to open people's hearts.
Link: Trans the Movie website
© 2015 Christian Perring
Christian Perring, Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York