“Boys Don’t Cry”: The complicated impact of the once-groundbreaking film on trans representation

This week at the Sundance Film Festival, we spoke with director Sam Feder, as well as actress Jen Richards and Emmy Award-winning director Yance Ford, both of whom are featured in Feder’s new documentary “Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen.” The film explores how transgender people have been depicted in film and television for more than a century, but the nature of that representation has often been damaging for the trans community. They explained how even groundbreaking films such as 1999’s “Boys Don’t Cry” shortchange the lives of trans people by focusing primarily on their trauma, often simplifying complex stories for mainstream consumption. “Why is that the story that gets told over and over?” asks Feder. “What is the fascination with seeing us get raped and killed again and again?”

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