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As we look forward to the screening of the next film in WOVEN’s festival, Disclosure, we remain immersed in and curious about the theme of transformation. Transformation is a process that occurs around and within us all the time and there are catalysts for change in all phases of our lives. For some, this radical edge of change, of living outside of societal norms, is profound—moving through self, body, identity.

Our trans and non-binary siblings represent this kind of transformation, their stories and experiences can encourage all of us to become more radical, expansive, and human.

As they navigate and inspire change in societal perceptions by living outside of narrow understandings of self, those of us who don’t share those specific identities can be inspired to seek inside ourselves for the parts of us that we are growing beyond. We can find the gold—the pieces of tradition and wisdom that shine through changing times and beliefs, and discard the dross—all that stagnates and doesn’t serve us or others.

In addition to the call to inner work and reflection, the experiences of those different from us are a reminder that action is needed. We must become co-conspirators with the marginalized, the oppressed, those whose lives are circumscribed or punished for living in their truth. Whether because of race, gender identity, sexuality, ability or other embodied identity, too many of us bear a burden of stigmatization, exclusion, and violence. For those of us who bear little of this burden, it is crucial that we take up the responsibility of continuing to educate ourselves and our community, to be willing to be uncomfortable as we listen and learn. We do this to reduce harm and from the place of our own integrity—that a harm to one is a harm to all. If we are committed to transforming ourselves and our society, to become a truly loving community, this listening and solidarity is the very foundation of the work.

WOVEN invites you to attend the screening of Disclosure, “an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender.

Leading trans thinkers and creatives share their reactions and resistance to some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments. They trace a history that is at once dehumanizing, yet also evolving, complex, and sometimes humorous. What emerges is a fascinating story of dynamic interplay between trans representation on screen, society’s beliefs, and the reality of trans lives.” Buy tickets here.

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