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Your search by 'Transgender' identified 44 films


  • (the here and now) a visit

    (the here and now) a visit

    USA , 2015 , 13 min. Shot in the stunning beauty of the Santa Cruz mountains, (the here and now) a visit is a meditative hybrid portrait of a friendship between two transgender pals.... Read more
  • Afuera

    Afuera

    USA , 2016 , 15 min. Exploring the intersection of gender identity, immigration, and health, Afuera finds an undocumented transgender woman making sacrifices to live as the woman she always was.... Read more
  • Becoming Johanna

    Becoming Johanna

    USA , 2016 , 27 min. This short documentary follows a 16-year-old transgender Latina struggling with both school and a mother who prays for her to be someone else. Luckily, she finds mentors and a family of choice who enable her to thrive.... Read more
  • Bruising for Besos

    Bruising for Besos

    USA , 2016 , 90 min. Yoli, a queer xicana artist finds great passion and love with Daña. But their growing intimacy stirs up their own troubled histories. Can Yoli break the cycle, face the past, and create something new for herself?... Read more
  • Check It

    Check It

    USA , 2016 , 90 min. Desperate to survive state and police violence, a group of black gay and trans teens form a gang to protect one another. In a country where blackness is criminal, forming a gang is a radical act of resistance.... Read more
  • Dawn

    Dawn

    UK , 2016 , 14 min. Writer-director Jake Graf (Brace, Frameline38) returns with a lyrical soul-gazing short: as Dawn creeps across London, two lost outcasts meet in the darkness, more afraid of themselves than each other.... Read more
  • The Friend From Tel Aviv

    The Friend From Tel Aviv

    USA , 2015 , 11 min. Noam, a young Israeli transman, is nervous and excited about meeting his childhood friend Natan after many years. Louise, a free spirited mom in whose house Noam has been staying for the last six months, decides to throw a party at her place when her kids leave for the weekend. Noam invites Natan to the party, but things get messy when Noam’s tender attempts to reconnect with his friend are... Read more
  • Fursonas

    Fursonas

    USA , 2015 , 82 min. Through a furry fray of intimate dramas and dilemmas, the fascinating individuals and universal longings of furries—or folks who don anthropomorphic body suits for role-play—come into snuggly view.... Read more
  • Gaysians

    Gaysians

    USA , 2015 , 13 min. Capturing diverse portraits of queer and trans Asian Americans, Gaysians is an illuminating patchwork documentary that explores relationships with family and culture.... Read more
  • Girls Lost

    Girls Lost

    Sweden , 2016 , 105 min. In this delectably twisted fairytale of gender fluidity, three outcast girls’ dreams of boyhood become reality, sending them down a shadowy path of self-discovery.... Read more
  • Growing Up Coy

    Growing Up Coy

    USA , 2016 , 86 min. In a highly conservative Colorado town, a pink-loving, pig-tailed six-year-old girl named Coy becomes the unlikely poster child for transgender rights, in a landmark case that is reverberating in state courts across the country.... Read more
  • Her Story: Season One

    Her Story: Season One

    USA , 2015 , 55 min. The much anticipated sexy new-media series grapples forthrightly with the frictions and fissures of desire between trans and queer women, as they navigate sometimes paradoxical identities in Los Angeles.... Read more
  • Irrawaddy Mon Amour

    Irrawaddy Mon Amour

    Italy , 2015 , 58 min. In this colorfully immersive documentary, trans activist and shaman Myo Nyunt dares to organize a marriage ceremony in a unique gay-friendly village in the heart of Myanmar/Burma, where the brutal military junta severely penalizes same-sex relationships.... Read more
  • The Joneses

    The Joneses

    USA , 2015 , 80 min. Jheri Jones is the 74-year-old transgender matriarch of a unique Mississippi Bible Belt family. After years of estrangement, she lives with two of her four grown sons in her tidy trailer park home, where challenges abound but love conquers all.... Read more
  • Kiki

    Kiki

    USA , 2016 , 94 min. More than two decades after Paris Is Burning, filmmakers Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garçon’s vibrant documentary fast-forwards to the ballroom scene of today: an unapologetically flamboyant and political subculture centered on LGBTQ youth of color, for whom dance is far more than performance.... Read more
  • Libertad

    Libertad

    USA , 2015 , 10 min. This film shares the inspiring story of Alejandra, who always knew deep down inside that she was a chola, not a cholo.... Read more
  • MASK4MASK

    MASK4MASK

    USA , 2015 , 4 min. In a world where fetish is the norm, the true nature of deviance stands out.... Read more
  • Mezzo

    Mezzo

    USA , 2015 , 14 min. Directed by Nicole Opper (Off and Running, Frameline33) Mezzo celebrates the life and artistic endeavors of Breanna Sinclaire, an African American opera singer and the first openly trans woman to study at a major conservatory.... Read more
  • Out Run

    Out Run

    USA , 2016 , 75 min. Documentarians S. Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons turn an incisive international lens on the only LGBTQ political party in the world—the Ladlad Party of the Philippines, where beauty salons become campaign chapters and dubious party alliances are the norm.... Read more
  • The Pearl

    The Pearl

    USA , 2015 , 95 min. Four transwomen navigate the second half of life in this vérité-style documentary, which illuminates their individual triumphs and analogous struggles against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest.... Read more
  • Pink Boy

    Pink Boy

    USA , 2015 , 15 min. A story of familial love between a butch mother and her feminine son, Pink Boy follows BJ and her son Jeffrey as they both learn to embrace his inner princess.... Read more
  • Real Boy

    Real Boy

    USA , 2016 , 72 min. Bennett Wallace is 19, a musician, and in recovery. On a journey to find his own way as a trans man, Bennett bonds with his friend and mentor, musician Joe Stevens of Coyote Grace, while navigating the difficult terrain of his familial relationships.... Read more
  • The Revival: Women and the Word

    The Revival: Women and the Word

    USA , 2016 , 82 min. In a congregation of Black, queer women artists, the Holy Trinity of “the poet, the people, and the poem” is the heart of a tour centering on the power, inspiration, and real-talk of five poets. This project will leave you saying “amen.”... Read more
  • Say U Will

    Say U Will

    USA , 2015 , 11 min. It’s past midnight on New Year’s Eve in a Los Angeles nightclub when Marcus meets the alluring Ray. As they draw close, they also discover more about each other’s profound differences: what will their resolutions dare to be?... Read more
  • Suited

    Suited

    USA , 2016 , 77 min. Brooklyn-based tailors Bindle & Keep specialize in bespoke suits for the LGBTQ community. This poignant documentary focuses on the individual stories of their clients on the trans spectrum, showing how something as simple as a well-tailored suit can be identity- and dignity-affirming.... Read more
  • Tear Jerker

    Tear Jerker

    USA , 2016 , 15 min. Tear Jerker is a portrait of Elliot, a guy faced with difficult life circumstances trying to find new ways to express old and familiar feelings.... Read more
  • This Is Me: And My Sisters, Episode 5

    This Is Me: And My Sisters, Episode 5

    USA , 2016 , 7 min. For years, transgender women lived in fear of hanging out together, lest they become targets of violence. Here, artist, actor, and decorator Van Barnes, comedic iconoclast Miss Barbie-Q, and artist-filmmaker Zackary Drucker proudly and bravely bond in public, offering a glimpse of rarely seen transfeminine sisterhood.... Read more
  • This Is Me: Closets, Episode 1

    This Is Me: Closets, Episode 1

    USA , 2016 , 5 min. There’s no better backdrop than a closet to focus on the challenges of coming out as trans. Here, actor, writer, and comedian D’Lo, of Sri Lankan descent, and Indian-born actor, dancer, and healer Maya Jafer share their very different true stories.... Read more
  • This Is Me: From The Bathroom, Episode 3

    This Is Me: From The Bathroom, Episode 3

    USA , 2016 , 5 min. Sometimes a person just needs a place to pee! No one knows that better than trans entertainer-activists Rocco Kayiatos and Mariana Mar. The duo reclaim public restrooms as gender neutral while cracking wise (and wisely) about the issues surrounding today’s controversial bathroom politics.... Read more
  • This Is Me: Generations, Episode 2

    This Is Me: Generations, Episode 2

    USA , 2016 , 6 min. Trans advocate and therapist Valerie Spencer and trans teenager Lily Rubenstein don’t let a few decades get in the way of understanding. As they travel throughout LA, visiting points of references from Spencer’s personal herstory, the two are brought closer than they could ever imagine.... Read more
  • This Is Me: Right This Way, Episode 4

    This Is Me: Right This Way, Episode 4

    USA , 2016 , 6 min. You wouldn’t judge a book by its cover, yet the faux pas of public misgendering is far too common. Genderqueer Transparent alumni Mel Shimkovitz and Petey Gibson banter unabashedly on the importance of more inclusive, gender neutral language at popular destinations on LA’s east side.... Read more
  • The Trans List

    The Trans List

    USA , 2016 , 60 min. Boasting an impressive assemblage of transgender luminaries—including Buck Angel, Laverne Cox, and Shane Ortega—this riveting documentary highlights the distinct individuality and diverse outlooks of its subjects, while simultaneously evoking the collective power of an indomitable community.... Read more
  • Transcend

    Transcend

    USA , 2015 , 17 min. After being estranged from his family for three years, Julian (Kingston Farady, Black Is Blue, Frameline38) returns home to spend Thanksgiving with his family.... Read more
  • Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story

    Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story

    USA , 2015 , 63 min. An African American transwoman is murdered after police expose her as an informant. This documentary examines why her murder was not only a hate crime but also the consequence of systemic oppression and the continued criminalization of black bodies.... Read more
  • Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

    Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

    Canada , 2016 , 71 min. In this moving story of an ancient future coming alive for LGBTQ people and their allies, Inuit and LGBTQ communities in Nunavut unite and heal—repairing the devastating effects of relocation, re-education, and Christianization of nomadic Inuit people.... Read more
  • Vessels

    Vessels

    USA , 2015 , 15 min. The powerful Vessels (winner of the prestigious 2015 Iris Prize for Best Narrative Short Film) follows Diamond, a young Latina transgirl, as she seeks gender confirmation by visiting a hermana who is a “pumper.”... Read more
  • Victor XX

    Victor XX

    Spain , 2016 , 20 min. Victor needs to explore hir gender. But secrets don’t last forever, and Victor XX will have to defend the true image that the mirror reflects back.... Read more
  • Voguing: The Message

    Voguing: The Message

    USA , 1989 , 13 min. One of the most popular titles on Frameline Voices, this pre-Madonna primer on the roots of the gay Black and Latino dance form raises questions about race, sex, and subcultural style. ... Read more
  • We've Been Around - Albert Cashier

    We've Been Around - Albert Cashier

    USA , 2016 , 5 min. One of the few transgender men known to have fought in the Civil War, Albert Cashier saw combat in over forty battles as a member of the Union Army. When the government challenged his identity and his pension, Albert’s war comrades came forward to defend him as their brother in arms.... Read more
  • We've Been Around - Little Axe

    We've Been Around - Little Axe

    USA , 2016 , 4 min. Trans man and lead singer Wilmer “Little Axe” Broadnax swept the gospel circuit in the ‘40s and ‘50s, singing alongside his brother Big Axe in some of the most popular groups of the era.... Read more
  • We've Been Around - Lou Sullivan

    We've Been Around - Lou Sullivan

    USA , 2016 , 4 min. In 1970s San Francisco, Lou Sullivan was a pioneering gay trans man who fought for his right to transition, against his HIV/AIDS diagnosis, and for the distinction between gender identity and sexual orientation.... Read more
  • We've Been Around - Lucy Hicks Anderson

    We've Been Around - Lucy Hicks Anderson

    USA , 2016 , 5 min. One of the most well-known and respected women in Ventura County during the prohibition, uptown socialite and downtown brothel owner Lucy Hicks Anderson became the first trans person in history to fight for her marriage rights as a trans woman in court.... Read more
  • We've Been Around - S.T.A.R.

    We've Been Around - S.T.A.R.

    USA , 2016 , 5 min. Empowered by their participation in the Stonewall Riots, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera fought back against the bourgeois, white gay liberation movement. In order to advocate for trans people, people of color, and the poor, they formed New York City’s S.T.A.R.—the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries.... Read more
  • Zeitgeist 1977: The First Festival

    Zeitgeist 1977: The First Festival

    USA , 2016 , 7 min. Participants in the very first “Gay Film Festival of Super-8 Films” (what ultimately became Frameline)—including filmmakers Marc Huestis, David Weissman, Dan Nicoletta, and Rob Epstein—share their recollections in these excerpts from longtime Bay Area filmmaker Lauretta Molitor’s upcoming documentary profile of Huestis, Impresario.... Read more