Becoming Johanna is a short documentary, and the third film in the Youth and Gender Media Project series, that tells the story of sixteen–year–old transgender Latina kid Johanna whose deeply religious mother committed her to a mental hospital in order to prevent her transition to a young woman.
As you will see from the trailer below, Johanna and her mother’s relationship remains tense.
About the Youth and Gender Media Project
The Youth and Gender Media Project is a collection of films about gender nonconforming youth. Other titles in the series include The Family Journey: Raising Gender Nonconforming Children in which family members relate their struggles but eventual acceptance in raising gender variant children, and I’m Just Anneke which tells the story of a gender fluid twelve–year–old girl who has been given medication to delay puberty until she is older and can decide her gender for herself.
The films introduce radical new concepts for many audiences, from the very idea that a young child can be transgender and have the wherewithal to fight against the pressures to conform to a binary gender paradigm, to the new and still very rare use of hormone blockers to delay puberty. However, since the films are structured around universal themes such as parenting and acceptance, identity and difference, growing up and coming of age, tolerance, love and self-esteem, they remain accessible and deeply moving even to people who are resistant to the idea of transgender youth.
These videos will be used to as part of an initiative to create safe and inclusive classrooms for gender nonconforming youth and, according to the website, are designed to educate teachers, administrators, parents and students in issues that might effect trans and gender variant children.
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