What does it mean to be transgender? How did the trans rights movement come about? What progress has there been made, and what is there still to be done? Absolutely Trans gives us a detailed history of the trans movement, starting with the idea of America’s “self-made man”. Absolutely Trans wants to address the way the trans community is counting on pop culture to advance its cause in the way it has done for other LGBTQ groups. The US isn’t the only place where things are changing however: from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Paris, Berlin and Cologne, this documentary gives viewers a variety of perspectives on the trans rights movement. Absolutely Trans aims to give a positive, fascinating and slightly quirky insight into the fight for transgender rights. It shines a new light on this movement, showing it for what it most surely is: a pop culture revolution.
In the indigenous communities around the town of Juchitán de Zaragoza, in southern Oaxaca, Mexico, the world is not divided simply according to the gender binary. The local Zapotec people have made room for a third category, muxes, individuals who were assigned male at birth but live their lives as women and are widely accepted and celebrated.
In 2015, Victoria-based trans activist Courtney Demone launched the viral online campaign #DoIHaveBoobsNow, in which she posted topless photos of her transition on social media while undergoing hormone replacement therapy. A year later, Courtney revisits the global conversation she catalyzed on social media censorship policies and the sexualization of feminine bodies, and reflects on the impacts of being thrust into the critical spotlight as a visible trans activist and queer feminist.
Co-produced with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts this short features works from the MBAM's collection through stories by Sébastien Harrisson, (Deux Mondes) that are juxtaposed with testimonials from young LGBTQ people in the spirit of awareness and inclusion – challenging stereotypes and questioning the way we look at others.
A beautiful animated short that shares a transman’s experiences.