Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021



Year: 2020
Country: USA
Run Time: 105 minutes


A groundbreaking achievement, DISCLOSURE examines the complicated history of transgender representation in film and television, probing the earliest days of black-and-white silent cinema up to the very edge of the current moment. In this involving deep dive, the film untangles Hollywood’s complex relationship to trans identities. When movies and TV shows are often the only point of reference for seeing trans life depicted anywhere, the ways in which these stories are told become paramount. More often than not, Hollywood comes up short, exposing a larger societal misunderstanding of transgender people and frequently depicting them in a dehumanizing or comic fashion. This documentary reframes the way we look at some of the most famous trans-themed films, such as “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” and “The Crying Game.” The film cedes the floor to leading trans thinkers and creatives to share their own personal relationships and frustrations with these stories. DISCLOSURE is an eye-opening, moving, and revolutionary work of deep empathy and profound learning that should not be missed. — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 2:10 PM ET

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 9:10 PM ET

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 9:15 AM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles


Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Sam Feder

Amy Scholder, Sam Feder

Ava Benjamin Shorr

Stacy Goldate

Print Source

Community Partners

Equality Ohio

Margie's Hope

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