BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS (Ariel Orr Jordan, Josh Aronson, U.S.). 61 minutes. Saturday (May 19), 5 pm, ROM. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
A group of trans women gather to perform The Vagina Monologues in this consistently compelling documentary shot in L.A.
Two key elements make the film work. First, Monologues creator Eve Ensler is a fascinating artist to watch in action. Regardless of what you think about the original work (it was Feminism 101 to me), you'll be impressed by her immense empathy as she interviews her subjects on the way to create trans-based dialogue for the show.
But she's not as intriguing as her collection of performers, who, taken together, demonstrate the huge range of trans experience, speaking openly and honestly about their lives as they prep for the big show.
It's an excellent entry point for people wanting to know more about trans issues, and inspiring no matter how deep your trans awareness.