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Real Boy Panel Discussion

Real Boy Documentary Provokes Real Conversations about Transgender Community

More than one hundred guests gathered at the Japanese American National Museum for a screening of the Real Boy documentary, a moving and intimate story of a family in transition. At the center are L.A.-area residents Bennett – a trans teen – and his mother Suzy, as they navigate the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity.

The screening was the final event of this year’s Indie Lens Pop-up series, a partnership with KPCC In-Person. It was followed by a conversation with Bennett and Suzy, as well as filmmaker Shaleece Haas, and LA LGBT center’s Drian Juarez, who heads the Transgender Economic Empowerment Project. KPCC’s Leo Duran led the audience-driven conversation which was both poignant and humorous, and ranged from intimate questions about Bennett’s family relationships to larger systemic questions about resources, health insurance, and the diversity of experiences within the transgender community. You can watch the full panel discussion here.

Real Boy airs on PBS SoCal June 19 at 10 p.m., and will also be available to stream here.(Link to Real Boy program page) Missed the Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings? We’ll be back in the fall with more great documentary films. Keep an eye on our events page for updates.