against a trans narrative is a provocative and personal experimental documentary investigating dominant constructions of trans-masculine identity, gender, and the nature of community.
By sensitively framing the film through his own personal journey within the trans-masculine community, Rosskam creates an electric and original investigation into gender politics and social self-identity.
Blending fiction, nonfiction, and experimental film genres, against a trans narrative employs a gender-busting combination of intimate diary footage, stylized dramatic scenes, spoken word performance, faux audition tapes, and roundtable interview footage to explore and initiate a dialogue between feminists, queers, and transfolk about the way we construct personal and historical narratives. Careful attention is paid to the ways generation, race, class, and culture impact our understandings of gender.
against a trans narrative asks a series of provocative questions:
What does it mean to be trans?
Is there an idealized perception of trans-masculine identity?
What is the diversity of the trans-masculine experience?
Is there an "idealized" community narrative?
Certain to spark lively community dialogue, this powerfully emotional film appeals to anyone who has ever struggled to reconcile their identity with the communities they belong to.