Thanks to Projector Sky for sending in the link to the documentary Red Without Blue. I haven't made it all the way through the movie yet (it's still playing on my computer) but I knew it was an automatic "OMG I gotta share this with the readers" kinda flick. The movie is simply fascinating.
RED WITHOUT BLUE is an artistic and groundbreaking portrayal of gender, identity, and the unswerving bond of twinship despite transformation. An honest portrayal of a family in turmoil, RED WITHOUT BLUE follows a pair of identical twins as one transitions from male to female. Captured over a period of three years, the film documents the twins and their parents, examining the Farley's struggle to redefine their family. The twins' early lives were quintessentially all-American: picture-perfect holidays, supportive parents who cheered them on every step of the way. By the time they were 14, their parents had divorced, they had come out as gay, and a joint suicide attempt precipitated a forced separation of Mark and Alex for two and half years. Through candid and extensive interviews with the twins and their family, RED WITHOUT BLUE recounts these troubled times, interweaving the twins' difficult past with their efforts to find themselves in the present.
One of the most interesting things I heard in the movie came from the trans twin, Claire. She said, "Gender is the one very specific thing that we can hold on to. Everything changes in life except for that. And to see someone challenges something so basic, it's like blasphemy." I'd never thought of transitioning in that way - gender as an anchor in most people's lives - and it's a real eye-opener.
Full 77 minute documentary after the jump.