[Image: Three photos. The first shows Laverne Cox, a beautiful Black trans woman with long light colored hair seated, head tilted, across from CeCe McDonald, a beautiful Black trans woman seen from behind, as they speak. The second photo is a shot of a row of prison cells. The third is a picture of CeCe McDonald speaking with the back of Laverne Cox shown.]
FREE CECE, the new documentary with Laverne Cox, explores the roles race, class and gender played in CeCe McDonald’s case. McDonald’s claim of self defense was rejected by Hennepin County prosecutors. The documentary explores the implications of CeCe’s story as a survivor, housing trans women in male prisons, and the practice of keeping trans women in solitary confinement.
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Oh my god this is so perfect and important
Cautious reblog b/c of what is said about “expert contributors” on the project page. Not really into soundbites from academics and “professionals” being used in a documentary that is about how society is cruel and unforgiving to those who exist outside of it. Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions, but whatever, I’m not going to whole-heartedly endorse a project that only vaguely lays out it’s perspective. Also, not to take away from Cece or her strength, but I think that her case is really easy to back and present as something that is blatantly unjust, and that the lives of other Trans Women of Color (whose means of making a living or alleged crimes are less justified) are easy to pass over as potential subjects for a documentary like this. That being said I still think that projects like this that have the potential to reach a lot of people can be radicalizing on a scale that a lot of other unfunded projects can’t. So anyway, signal boost. I’m really excited that there’s a big project about Cece happening, and that her involvement, from what I can gather, doesn’t add up to putting her on display. I’m still suspicious though, and there’s a pretty big chance that whatever that Producer/Director’s intentions in making this, and despite having a Trans Woman of color as the co-producer, Cece’s story might still be exploited to gain praise for “great filmmaking”.