Gun Hill Road

Have you fell*s heard about this awesomeness? Here’s the site’s synopsis:

‘After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique’s grasp and understanding. Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom.
Can a father’s fierce love for his family overcome his street-hardened ideas about manhood and end the vicious cycle controlling his life? Writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s first feature film is an intricate portrait of a family divided told with sensitivity, gentle humor, and a deep understanding of the environment that shapes its people.’

Sounds groovy, right? Well, the icing on the cake is that Michael, who (although it is not clear from the synopsis) is in fact a trans woman, is played by a true blue trans woman, Harmony Santana. The Times wrote a pretty sweet article about it, which you can find here. Harmony is a woman who recently transitioned and who lives at Green Chimneys, a group home for queer youth in Harlem.

Another trans actress, Laverne Cox, says the Santana’s character portrays “something that’s really unique to trans women.” I, for one, can’t wait.

We’re trying to get this for a screening, but also might have an outing earlyish in the year to the Angelika, hopefully with some discounted tickets. Stay tuned, folks!


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