Doc Edge (International Documentary Film Festival) is proud to present Doc Edge Pride, a showcase of new LGBTQ+ documentaries at the Auckland Art Gallery 15-17 February 2019 during Auckland Pride.
USA | 2018 |93mins | English | Dirs. Dawson, Gabriel Silverman
Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own in this captivating, emotionally charged film.
They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The rollercoaster reality of this situation continues today: while the transgender ban was lifted in 2016, its status remains uncertain under the current regime.
- Audience Award for Documentary, South by Southwest Film Festival 2018
- Opening Night Film, Frameline Film Festival 2018
Check out the all Doc Edge Pride 2019 Films:
"The Coming Back Out Ball Movie" follows a group of older LGBTQ+ people invited to attend a Ball celebrating their gender and sexual identity.
"From Baghdad to the Bay" follows the epic journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, a former Iraqi translator for the U.S. military as he forges a new identity as an openly gay man in San Francisco.
"The Gospel of Eureka" is a story about how love, faith and civil rights collide in Eureka Springs, Arkansas as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes.
"Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life" dives into the life of one of the world's most successful gay porn stars and his unusual relationship with his mother. A rare and intimate look at the world of porn and escorting.
"Mr. Gay Syria" follows two gay Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives while attempting to realise their dream of competing in Mr. Gay World competition.
"Portraits of the Rainbow" profiles successful fashion-photographer Leslie Kee as he documents ten thousand LGBTQ+’s in Japan with his project “Out in Japan”.
"Studio 54" tells the real story behind the greatest and most hedonistic club of all time.
"TransMilitary" documents four brave men and women who risk their careers by coming out to the Pentagon’s top brass in the hope of attaining the equal right to serve.
"In This Family" looks at how one Filipino family reacts to having a gay son…and daughter.
"All In The Family [Working Title]" is the heartfelt, cross-cultural story of Chinese-born filmmaker Hao Wu who has struggled to understand the meaning of family and to build one of his own.