Hot Docs 2018: TRANSFORMER (USA 2018) ***1/2

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In the summer of 2015, former US Marine and world record weightlifter Matt “Kroc” Kroczaleski was publicly outed as being transgender. The reaction was universal: her sponsors abandoned her… See full summary »


Michael Del MontePaul Kemp (story editor)

TRANSFORMER, the true transgender story of a muscled power lifter undergoing a sex change operation offers an unique perspective on the transgendered community and how each transition is unique to the person transitioning.  Janae (aka Matt) Kroc was as masculine as one can be prior to her transition, a world record powerlifter renowned for her masculinity. When she transitioned, she struggled with remaining true to her passions as a powerlifter while wanting to become more feminine.  The film illustrates a lesson that transitioning does not mean leaving one person behind to become another – so audiences should be prepared to be taking for quite the ride.

The film also shows the sadness at people in the world who still stupid and are unacceptable of gays or people who are different in general.  A moving while disturbing segment has protesters during an LGTT march.  These people carry just awful and nasty holding signs like LGBT (Let God Burn Them) and HOMO Sex is Sin.  Well, Kroc has admitted earlier in the film that he is still attracted to females and not men.  After the segment when the camera then focuses on Kroc back in male clothes, one certainly gains a new respect for this man – one who is able to stand up for what he believes and to challenge all the unaccepting idiots in the world, who are the ones who should burn in hell.  Director has lifted this film that could have been a freak show turn into something more insightful.



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