Sunday, June 19, 2005

Transfamily & Transparent

Frameline put together two wonderful videos for a program about transgender family issues. Transfamily is a German film about two transmen (female-to-male transsexuals) who live together, one with his wife and the other with his gay biomale partner. It's funny and touching and well worth seeing.

Transparent tells the stories of several transmen and their children. What is it like for a child when "Mom" has a full beard and looks like a lumberjack on a motorcycle? Well, pretty good, actually, if "Mom" still loves you. These men are able to integrate their identity as men with their identity as mothers. It's a stirring story.

Unfortunately, neither of these films is yet listed in the Internet Movie Database, hint hint.

TRANSFAMILY, dir. Sabine Bernardi, 2005 Germany, 30 min. video, in German with English subtitles, distribution International Film School Cologne.

TRANSPARENT, dir. Jules Rosskam, 2005 USA, 60 min. video, distribution MamSir Productions.

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