New Documentary Looks at Trans Issues

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TransJourney, a new documentary by Literary Arts + Studies faculty member Alexia Kosmider, will premiere this weekend as part of the Rhode Island International Film FestivalThe film – which Kosmider began with her late partner, director Deb Monuteaux – follows the interwoven paths of three women whose lives are changed by the realities of transitioning from one gender to another. It explores new ways of understanding identity, family and belonging.  

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“Young people are glad we’re making these films,” says Kosmider. “They can see role models [and realize] that they’re not alone – that their decisions are important. These stories are about courage, affirmation and acceptance. They allow viewers to see transgendered people in a different way.”

Kosmider has also made documentaries called Not Your Mama’s Roller Derby (2009) and Sappho’s Fire (2011), a film about 10 aging lesbians. At RISD she teaches courses on queer cinema and LGBTQ literature and culture.

TransJourney will be screened in the Chace Center’s Metcalf Auditorium this Saturday, August 9, at 7 pm.