Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen
Documentary, 1 h 40 min
An in-depth look at Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stories on transgender lives and American culture.
As spectators, it becomes evident how the media has consistently misrepresented these communities and the impact it has had on how trans people see themselves.
Disclosure is an eye-opening look at transgender representation in the media over the last hundred years.
The documentary focuses on the intertwined relationship between trans identity and its representation in popular culture. It illustrates how the consistent exclusion of the trans community in telling their stories has led and reinforced damaging stereotypes. Feder’s documentary intercuts over 1,000 film and television clips scenes from famous movies and TV shows with personal experiences from trans people with careers in film and television. The documentary aims to change our perceptions about media, encouraging us to think critically and become active consumers. As spectators, it becomes evident how the media has consistently misrepresented these communities and the impact it has had on how trans people see themselves.
During the film, it’s revealed that 80% of people across the United States have never met a transgender or gender non-conforming person, making the point for how crucial it is to let transgender people share their stories and experiences.
The documentary leads by example with an almost exclusively trans and gender non-conforming crew of more than 150 people – an outstanding number.
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