Pink or blue. Male or Female. Mommy or Daddy.
Categories that we all take for granted are blown wide open in "transparent," a new documentary film about 19 female-to-male transsexuals living in the United States who have given birth and, in all but a few stories, gone on to raise their biological children. "transparent" focuses on its subjects’ lives as parents -- revealing the diverse ways in which each person reconciles this part of their history - giving birth and being biological mothers - now that they identify as male and are perceived by the world, but only sometimes by their children, as men.
The first-person stories in "transparent" explain how changing genders is dealt with and impacts the relationships, if at all, within these families. This film has a shocking façade - as a story about transsexual parents -- but viewers will be struck by its universality.
The subjects resonate powerfully as "normal" parents and human beings dealing with issues like single parenthood, teen pregnancy and their children’s emotional and physical development.
But through these extraordinary men, the film challenges, like never, before the ways that we relate to one another, particularly within our immediate families, based on gender.