CO-DIRECTOR, PJ RAVAL
“I didn’t know much about trans-people,” Raval said, “so I approached with some questions. Trans gets lumped in with LGB and I find that really interesting because I think as a gay person that I don’t have to deal with feeling like my physical body doesn’t express who I am internally.
“Our intention was not to sensationalize or exploit but to create something where people can see the universal struggle for self-expression and give people an opportunity to explore these concepts of gender and gender identity. In one way, it surprised people how people who are not trans can identify with other trans people. These are people who can be your physician or could be your father or your brother.”
Raval’s documentary is such a humane, sophisticated exploration of trans issues that we couldn’t help but ask what he thought of Israel Luna’s trans-plotative splatterfest Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives. Here’s what Raval said:
“I personally believe in artistic freedom and artistic expression. I dont support censorship, so I think filmmakers have a right to make films any way they want to. When making portrayals of under-represented communities, there’s always pressure to portray them in a positive light. Is it fair to put this film in part under criticism because of its content? Can’t we let this filmmaker make whatever film he wants to look at it as a specific example rather than representative of everyone?