Tamara | Chicago Reader


110 minutes 2016

This 2016 drama from Venezuelan-American filmmaker Elia K. Schneider fictionalizes the real-life story of Tamara Adrián, the first transgender person to be elected to Venezuela's National Assembly. Now one of the country's foremost LGBTQ+ and women's rights activists, Adrián transitioned from male to female while working as a professor at a Catholic university; a conservative upbringing in a predominantly Catholic country, among other factors, had discouraged her from publicly expressing her gender identity earlier in life. I was troubled to see, yet again, a male actor (Luis Fernandez) playing a trans woman—it reinforces the harmful, often deadly stereotype that such a woman is simply a man in a dress—but arguably the casting makes sense here, given that the bulk of the film covers Adrián's life before her transition. In Spanish with subtitles.



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