Disclosure is a very simple, straightforward documentary. No twists or turns or anything like that. It's a bunch of transgender actors, creators and activists talking in depth about how trans people have been represented in film and television since the very beginning of film history. For that reason I would commend this film as essential viewing for any hypothetical queer film history course at university, as a first dive into how LGBT people are represented, the good the bad and the ugyly parts of it. Including talents like Laverne Cox, Alexandra Billings, Jamie Clayton, Lilly Wachoski and many more, this is quite all-encompassing for the subject matter. While it does aim for breadth rather than depth, and it does jump around a little bit, the film gives a good first taste into queer film theory, and it does so in a very sympathetic way. If you know anyone who is transgender in real life, and even if you don't in person but do care about their rights, I would strongly recommend checking this film out.
An in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stories on transgender lives and American culture.
July 1, 2020