This blog is about 135 drama movies with transgender characters that are my everyday inspirations. It is about characters whose stories radiate with wisdom, beauty, intelligence and love. It is about characters that proved to me that there is hope for me and it is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
Director: Elegance Bratton
Release Year: 2016
"“Walk For Me” is a contemporary coming out story set in present day New York City. Hassan Kendricks is a conflicted teenager torn between his devotion to his single mother and his desire to be himself. When his mother, Andrea, finds women’s underwear and a flyer to a Gay Ball in her son’s bedroom, she decides to track Hassan down and confront him about his decisions. Arriving at the ball, Andrea only finds a shock: under the wing of his adoptive gay mother, Paris Continental, Hassan has assumed the identity of Hanna. Andrea is confronted by a choice — deny her own son or accept her child for who she really is."
Director: Marcelo Pedreira
Release Year: 2012
"This is the story of a young Brazilian transsexual who cannot escape her inevitable destiny, full of misery, despair and prejudice. The film presents the inevitable choice she has had to make when she was a child, the inevitable abuse by her family, the predictable work she ends up doing. Her dreams are broken when she gets into the first car passing by. Living in a ghetto is also inevitable."
Director: Mari J. Patterson
Release Year: 2016
"Dear Abigail is a short film about a transgender woman named Abby who is brutally attacked and left for dead when she is found and taken in by a passerby, Ev. Abby is not very trusting after a life of constant rejection, but she finds acceptance from Ev, until Ev finds out who Abby really is.
Dear Abigail was conceived by Mari J. Patterson, who is the Writer and Director. The concept originated from a documentary Mari made in early 2014 about her secret journey of facing her past that dealt with sexual trauma. She wanted to write a story that most people may be scared to talk about."
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Release Year: 1987
Original title: La ley del deseo
"The thrills begin when a jealous Antonio tries to rape Juan and ends up throwing him off a cliff. After confronting Antonio about the death, a devastated Pablo has an accident that causes a loss of memory. The police suspect both Tina and Pablo for the murder – only a sympathetic doctor keeps them at bay. Tina decides to reveal to Pablo why she is a transsexual, and announces she has found a lover, who Pablo finds out too late is actually Antonio. Antonio holds Tina hostage in order to demand an hour alone with Pablo. A stunned and limping Pablo agrees, and experiences some tender moments with Antonio before Antonio suddenly kills himself."
Director: Nash Ang
Release Year: 2014
Country: Philippines and South Korea
"Alice, a Filipino transwoman, decided to go after her boyfriend Jason in Korea. She never heard much from Jason since the guy went there to study. Alice planned a surprised visit only to find Jason living with his new girlfriend Suyong, a Korean woman whom Jason met and fell in love with. Devastated and depressed, Alice planned to kill herself by jumping off in the bridge where she would meet Joon.
"Two broken hearts crossed their paths and started picking up their fallen pieces together. But the attempt to get whole again was disturbed by the realizations that the important missing piece of themselves was left there from their past. Instead of getting into a new relationship, they decided to become allies in this wicked attempt to get back their true loves. Their lives made a quick turn and it brought them to events that they never expected..."
Director: Michael Lander
Release Year: 2010
"John Skillpa, a quiet bank clerk living in tiny Peacock, Nebraska, prefers to live an invisible life in order to hide his secret: He has multiple personality disorder, the implied result of childhood trauma inflicted by his abusive mother. His alter ego is a woman, Emma, who each morning does his chores and cooks him breakfast before he starts the day. One day while he is out of his house as Emma, a freight train caboose derails and crashes into John's backyard."
Director: Sydney Freeland
Release Year: 2015
"Her Story is about two trans women in Los Angeles who have given up on love, when suddenly chance encounters give them hope. Violet is drawn to Allie, a reporter who approaches her for an interview, while career-driven Paige meets James, the first man she’s considered opening up to in years. Will they risk letting what they are stand in the way of being loved for who they are?
Trans women in the media have long been punchlines, killers, indications of urban grit, pathetic tragedies, and dangerous sirens. Rarely have they been complex characters who laugh, struggle, and grow, who share strength in sisterhood, who seek and find love. Her Story depicts the unique, complicated, and very human women we see in queer communities, and explores how these women navigate the intersections of label identity and love."