Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

DIRECTORS: Mark Herzog, Sandrine Orabona

Expected to attend: Subject Kristin Beck, Co-directors Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog

As a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL, Christopher Beck experienced some of the most intense combat known to anyone. Yet Christopher’s journey to become Kristin Beck, an openly transgender veteran fighting for the rights of all transgender people, has proven to be the greatest battle of her life. This eloquent documentary explores Beck’s courageous and very public transition—one that has challenged many people’s assumptions of how elite military commandos should look and sound. We meet supportive advocates from her family and military community, as well as voices of opposition to her transition. Compelling footage of Beck’s SEAL unit training illustrates the multiple, near-suicidal operational risks Beck willingly performed as a deeply unhappy gendered male. The film bears intimate witness to Beck’s pain in coming to terms with her identity while not only on active duty but also having a wife and two young sons—fragile relationships that remain largely uncertain.

Lady Valor—structured as a road trip through Beck’s life as she pilots her motor home across the country—unflinchingly reveals both her indomitable spirit and her indisputable flaws. It’s a journey that mirrors the lives of many people who have fought to embrace what they know to be true about themselves despite confining cultural pressures. With unflagging courage and compassion, Kristin Beck redefines social notions of heroism and devotes true service to her country in entirely new, surprising, and transcendent terms.

— Leah LoSchiavo


Veteran Documentary Corps: Zoe Dunning

DIR Silvia Turchin 2014 USA 12 min

Maria Zoe Dunning is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, a gay rights activist, and the first and only openly gay person allowed to remain on active duty in the military prior to the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: D314

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