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Transhood
96-minutes
Filmed over five years in Kansas City, this documentary follows four kids - beginning at ages 4, 7, 12, and 15 - as they redefine "coming of age." These kids and their families reveal intimate realities of how gender is re-shaping the family next door in a never-before-told chronicling of growing up transgender in the heartland. The film is a nuanced examination of how families tussle, transform, and sometimes find unexpected purpose in their identities as transgender families. Lighthearted and deeply moving, this story teaches us something new about being human.
Screening day / Geo-Restriction
  • Sunday, Nov 15: Colorado Only

Transhood

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Running Time
Feature Film
96 minutes
Genres
Documentary

Transhood

Filmed over four years, a lingering lens provides a profound look at four transgender youth (starting at ages 4, 9, 12 and 15) as they redefine “coming of age.” These kids and their families unmask the intimate realities of how gender fluidity is re-shaping the family next door, especially in America’s heartland.

This film probes deep – creating the richness and insight inspired by works such as Boyhood and the Up Series. Beyond an untold chronicling of growing up trans in Kansas City, the film is a nuanced examination of how families tussle, transform, and surprisingly find purpose in their new identities as a trans family. The film raises controversial questions about parents’ motives and secondary gains from an identity as a trans family.

Four kids face typical growing pains like acne, sibling rivalry, divorcing parents, crushes, and breakups. But unlike their cisgender peers, they navigate body dysphoria, hormone treatments, threats of violence, and the weight of making life-altering decisions. Curiously, these journeys unfold in the buckle of the bible belt where the struggle for political and social equality meets high resistance.

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Year(s) screened
  • 2020
Screening day / Geo-Restriction
  • Sunday, Nov 15: Colorado Only
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