Human Rights Watch Film Festival Opening Night: Transmilitary

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Opening Night: Transmilitary

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Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Opening Night


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Directors: Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson (III)
2018, 92 min

“It is our time now to step forward and say, ‘OK, it’s not about what gender I am, it’s about if I can get the job done. And we for years have shown that, so why not acknowledge us?’”
-Laila Villanueva, film subject, TransMilitary

The military is the largest employer of transgender people in the United States. Amid rapidly changing policies that technically at present bans them from serving, 15,500 troops identify as transgender. TransMilitary documents four brave men and women who risk their families’ livelihoods by coming out to the Pentagon’s top brass in the hope of attaining the equal right to serve. With a new commander-in-chief at the helm, they must traverse a series of successes and defeats, as their careers hang in the balance.
Audience Award for Documentary, South by Southwest Film Festival 2018

Confirmed Speakers:
Discussion to follow featuring film subject US Army Corporal Laila Villanueva, Kyle Knight, LGBT Rights Researcher,
Human Rights Watch, and Major Veronica Zerrer US Army Retired

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About Human Rights Watch Film Festival:
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. We work tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep rooted change and fight to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.