I finally watched Disclosure on Netflix last night. It was a revelation. I’m surprised I haven’t heard anyone talking about it. Then I think about it and am not surprised, so here’s my invitation to you to watch people describe themselves and drop some knowledge and history on you that you probably don’t know. I love learning new things, particularly when it’s the truer version of events that I’ve been lied to about.
Here’s the description from the film’s webpage:
“DISCLOSURE is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, and Chaz Bono, share their reactions and resistance to some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments. Grappling with films like A Florida Enchantment (1914), Dog Day Afternoon, The Crying Game, and Boys Don’t Cry, and with shows like The Jeffersons, The L-Word, and Pose, they trace a history that is at once dehumanizing, yet also evolving, complex, and sometimes humorous. What emerges is a fascinating story of dynamic interplay between trans representation on screen, society’s beliefs, and the reality of trans lives. Reframing familiar scenes and iconic characters in a new light, director Sam Feder invites viewers to confront unexamined assumptions, and shows how what once captured the American imagination now elicit new feelings. Disclosure provokes a startling revolution in how we see and understand trans people.”
Do yourself and others a favor and watch this. The film is fascinating and very entertaining and beautiful.