HBO has released the trailer for Transhood, about Jay, Avery, Leena, and Phoenix, four transgender young people becoming themselves. The documentary premieres November 12 on HBO Max.
Filmed over five years in Kansas City, Transhood chronicles the lives of four young people (aged 4, 7, 12, and 15 at the start of filming) and their families as they navigate growing up transgender in America’s heartland. By sharing personal realities of how gender expression is reshaping their lives, the film explores how these families struggle and stumble through parenting, and how the kids are challenged and transformed as they experience the complexity of their identities.
The film is executive produced by trans filmmaker Kimberly Reed, director and subject of Prodigal Sons. Check out the Variety review for more:
Avery, Jay and Leena all have clear, if occasionally sidetracked, arcs toward self-realization. Less certain, and most fascinating, is that of four-year-old Phoenix, assigned male at birth, who veers over the course of the film from a self-declared “girlboy” to identifying as female or male at different stages. Liese depicts Phoenix’s uncertainty and changeable nature, entirely understandable at such a tender age, with gentle grace. Far more unnerving is the extreme alteration of his mother Molly, whose ideological stance on transgender identity shifts radically in the course of a half-decade split by Donald Trump’s rise to power.
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