Local Trans Film Not to be Missed
As part of a short series of films documenting the impact the UBC Film program has had on local filmmaking, Gwen Haworth’s She’s a Boy I Knew will be screening on May 7th at 7 P.M. at the Pacific Cinematheque. Haworth’s film is taking center stage with the Friday night showing, a better night than that given to both Larry Kent and Bruce Sweeney. This might be both a testament to her filmmaking abilities and her reception at the Vancouver International Film Festival when she won most popular Canadian film at the 2007 edition and extra screenings had to be added.
She’s a Boy I Knew documents Haworth, her family and friends as she goes through changing her gender from male to female. Operating within a diverse set of documentary techniques the film offers an engaging look at how a local family deals with something that any loving family wants to support but might also contradict preconceived notions of gender.
In a city where such a film can earn top honours at our largest film festival but also fall short in protecting trans people from violence it is crucial that films such as these are shown as often as possible. This is one of the rare opportunities for people who do not have trans people in their lives to see what it means to change ones gender. It is a chance to see that the only thing that will make some people feel right in their skin is to change their gender and regardless of how this makes other people feel, everyone should support all trans people in their gender change because they did not choose to be born with the wrong gender.
In other gender, film and Vancouver news the latest round of the Doxa Documentary Film Festival will be presented starting May 7th. Male Domination sounds particularly interesting since it shows a penis enlargement surgery, something that might be a filmic first. But salacious details aside, the main theme of the film is to explore how ideas of male domination are developed and ingrained in our psyche. More films than most people realize explore the causes of misogyny but this is one of the few films that explicitly engages with this problem. Sometimes the obvious needs to be stated and I’m sure showing a penis enlargement surgery will help the filmmaker’s case.