TRANSformational: BRWC Raindance Review
Gina Hole Lazarowich’s LGBTQ documentary centres on male model Krow Kian and his transformation from female to male international supermodel. This intimate fillm follows the lives of a small transgender community centering around Krow’s transition (all female to male op).
Weaving in personal family photos, music and film, the documentary is made from the heart and oozes authenticity. I particularly liked how Lazarowich cut back and forth between Krow post op and pre op. This strayed away from the usual trope of journey to ‘transformation’, instead focusing more on the narrative and case studies.
Krow is a particularly interesting case study, as he stays within the fashion industry as a model, but has to reshape his skills. This film is important as is highlights the different levels, processes and routes an individual has to take and access before making such a big decision, and what happens during the process. I hope that it shakes any stigma about gender reassignment, hormone therapy and psychiatry that people have.
It is difficult to review this, for me, as it’s such a personal.film.. technically speaking the sound editing is fantastic and Lazarowich has managed to catch some gorgeous, intimate moments which really shake Krow’s journey. Krow is a very powerful, enigmatic presence on screen and I hope that this will give him opportunities on the big screen, not just the runway.
We need more trans actors in the industry, so although documentaries like this are fantastic, let’s start casting more trans actors in roles for their gender, not about the past or present gender. I’m using this review as a bit out of sounding board now, sorry about that.
Thank you for sharing your story, Krow – it was extremely moving and inspirational. TRANSformational opened this year’s Raindance film festival 2019.
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