Trans In America: Texas Strong

Trans In America: Texas Strong

An intimate portrait of Kimberly and Kai Shappley in Texas: a Christian mother rejects her community’s beliefs as her 7-year-old transgender daughter navigates life at school, where she’s been banned from the girls’ bathroom. ACLU/Little By Little Films. The film is part of Trans In America, a series of three short verité docs about transgender civil rights in the USA, revealing the daily impact of discrimination on three families as they battle with bathroom bills, vulnerability in employment and housing, and the aftermath of incarceration. Directed by an LGBTQ+ filmmaker, produced by an inclusive and majority-LGBTQ+ production team, and informed by a panel of transgender advisors.

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Daresha Kyi




Director: Daresha Kyi
Executive Producer: Molly Kaplan (ACLU), Chase Strangio (ACLU)
Producer: Lindsey Dryden, Shaleece Haas
Cinematographer: Amy Bench
Editor: Jamie Boyle
Sound Designer: Eric Milano
Music: Nikky French
Principal Cast: Kimberly Shappley, Kai Shappley, Kaleb Shappley, Ashlynn Cox
Additional Credits: Additional Editor: Carlos Rojas, Multimedia Associate: Nora Wilkinson (ACLU)


Public Film Contact
Lindsey Dryden
Little By Little Films
Publicity Contact
Nora Wilkinson
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary, LGBTQ
Screening Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Documentary Short
Country: ["United Kingdom", "United States"]
Language: English
Runtime: 18:01 mins