More Than T

Director: Silas Howard
2017 | USA | 54m
GENRE: Activism | AIDS/HIV | Asian/Pacific Islander | Black/African American | Discrimination | Documentary | Female-to-Male | Health/Medicine | Latino/a | Male-to-Female | Religion/Spirituality | Sex Work | Transgender
SECTION: Episodic
Expected Guests: Writer, Jen Richards & Subject, Gizelle Messina

Finding one’s path in life is infinitely complex, yet many trans people are externally defined solely by that small part of their journey. Through textured vignettes, collaborators Silas Howard (Transparent, By Hook or By Crook) and Jen Richards (Her Story, Frameline40) illuminate themes of family, resilience, self-determination, and finding your calling, through the perspective of trans people of color. Defense attorney Mia Yamamoto, who was imprisoned in a Japanese American internment camp as a child, illuminates a fight for human dignity that includes—and goes beyond—her later-in-life gender transition. Reverend Louis Mitchell survived the decimation of his community during the start of AIDS, and now finds himself spiritual leader to white, straight, cisgender seniors who accept him in his entirety. Joanna Cifredo advocates for other trans women, refusing to rest until her story of survival is the norm and not the exception. Gizelle Messina teaches others how to find beauty in themselves—and at her MAC studio—finding family and self-acceptance through work that is more than skin-deep. Octavia Lewis mentors Ti’aira Chanel, her own experiences providing the basis for family and collaboration, while Charles Whitewolf finds his voice, chosen family, and inspiration through Theatre of the Oppressed NYC.

The subjects of this affirming and uplifting Showtime documentary series embody the familiar themes of discovering and understanding not only oneself, but also the full life that can be created out of a struggle for survival.

— SOPHIA LANZA-WEIL

CO-PRESENTED BY
Trans:Thrive

  • Premiere Status: World