Today, 20 November is the Transgender Day of Remembrance or TDOR. The week leading up to this day is usually held in celebration, while TDOR commemorates victims of transphobic violence. Violence against transgender people is still a very big issue in India, around the world, but there has been some social progress to help them over time (but we still have a long, long way left for proper social reforms Have to go for).
Sorry that we’re late to the party, but better late than never. Here are 5 movies and series that either portray transgender people as the lead characters or who have transgender people working on projects:
Summary: Roy Applewood fainted at his and his wife’s 25th anniversary party. When he wakes up, he shocks his wife, Irma, when he realizes that he has a gender identity disorder. The Applewod family is ostracized from their community, with their church rejecting both them and their family.
This American drama film deals with the “coming fall” of a transgender person. A version of her family, friends and community response, as well as the various types of violence that many transgender people experience, are depicted here. Stream this film on Disney + Hotstar.
Summary: A young teen wanders into the dark suburbs of Kamathipura, frequented by prostitutes, child smugglers and drug lords, trying to figure out what happened to his older siblings, Akbar.
This Indian Malayalam – Hindi bilingual film is not really a transgender awareness film, but it does touch on various aspects of the LGBTQ community (including (obviously) the transgender community). The film does not shy away from any difficult and disturbing subject matter and Gethu Mohandas has produced a superb script and has done an extraordinary job in directing the feature. Watch this movie on Zee5
Dallas Buyers Club (2013):
Summary: When a rodeo shepherd, Ron, discovers AIDS, he discovers a banned drug that can help patients live longer. He forms a club to smuggle drug to needy people, to get around the ridiculous system.
This spectacular multiple Academy Award winning film featured one of the most turbulent times in America. Based on a true story, the American biographical drama told the stories of Ron Woodroffe and Ryan, a fictional transgender woman. Watch this great flick on Netflix.
Bhavna 8 (2015):
Summary: This American sci-fi drama is set in a world where a different species of humans lives among Homo sapiens, called sensites. There is a group of 8 people from all over the world who are connected to each other through their minds. The series begins when we witness the birth of a “cluster” of sensations, followed by a horrific event.
This American sci-fi drama series was ahead of its time when it came out in 2015 and it still shocked fans. The series features a diversity of eight people, with a transgender actor portraying a transgender woman on screen. The series was produced by the Wakowski sisters – who are also both transgender. This web series can be streamed on Netflix.
Summary: A middle-class girl, Aruvi, is thrown out of her house after her family accuses her of shame on him. Later, as she tries to survive on her own, she will have to overcome many challenges.
The Tamil-language Indian socio-political film was a critical hit and spoke of the consumerist and the wrong nature of modern civilization. The film also throws light on how transgender people are treated in different parts of the Indian community. Stream this film on Amazon Prime Video.
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