March 19 – 30
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Run Time: 80 minutes
The West has long been a symbol of new beginnings and endless possibilities: the frontier. In Trinidad, Colorado this symbolic resonance took on new meaning when Dr. Stanley Biber performed one of the first successful Gender Reassignment Surgeries (GRS) in 1969. Today the former coal-mining town of 9,000 residents is renowned as the "Sex-Change Capital of the World." While many locals are still opposed to the moniker, they also recognize the financial impact of these operations. PJ Raval's and Jay Hodges' documentary TRINIDAD shares the amazing story of this frontier town and the residents who inhabit it. Dr. Marci Bowers, formerly known as Mark, has replaced Dr. Biber, who at 80-years-old will retire having performed over 5,800 GRS precedures. Completing the final stage of her transition from male to female, Sabrina Marcus has moved to Trinidad to help others do the same at Morning Glow, a GRS recovery center. Assisting Sabrina at Morning Glow, Dr. Laura Ellis will begin her operations with Dr. Bowers in the upcoming months. As these three women embark on new beginnings, they challenge (and face the challenges of) altered identities, families, and communities. —E.J.B.
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM
Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM
PJ Raval, Jay Hodges
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Former scientist PJ Raval, originally from Princeton, New Jersey, is an award-winning director and cinematographer. His cinematography has been featured at both Sundance and Cannes. Born in Saarbrücken, Germany, Jay Hodges has worked for several book and magazine publishers. He is currently an editor at Greenleaf Book Group.
Day and KNIGHT in Akron
Join us for a full day of CIFF38 programming in Akron on Thursday, March 27th!
Cleveland Foundation Community Day at the CIFF38
Enjoy a FREE day at the Festival, courtesy of The Cleveland Foundation on Monday, March 24th