It’s Complicated: Traversing the Transgender Image

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Directors Antonio Santini (l) and Dan Sickles (r) pose with Puerto Rican drag queen Zahara, one of the subjects of their film, “Mala Mala.”

Earlier this spring, I attended the Tribeca Film Festival, where I saw a number of films that dealt with issues of gender identity. (I wrote about one of them in a previous post on that film festival. )Such issues have been dealt with in the cinema for a long time – even in mainstream movies (remember Dog Day Afternoon?)–but I have been struck recently by the attention to this area of the human experience in recent movies.

In this article, which originally appeared in Provincetown Magazine‘s May 15, 2014 issue, I took a look at three such films. I am re-running this article because one of the films, Mala Mala will be showing at the Provincetown International Film Festival next week, so you can take a trip to the Cape tip to see this documentary. It screens at 9:45 p.m. on Friday, June 20 and at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.

Here is the link to this article: It’s Complicated.

Enjoy!

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