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The Brandon Teena Story (Collector's Edition)
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Now that I've seen both versions of this story, I must say I preferred Boys Don't Cry with its scripted performance and planned dramatic tension. It also was able to portray some of the more intimate moments with a sense of humor, such as the scene in which he gets a period and steals tampax from a convenience store. Scenes like this are impossible in a documentary of course.
The strength of the documentary, however, was being able to see the real people, not actors. And real photographs of the troubled Brandon. The realization that this is the truth, not fiction, adds an extra punch or horror to that sickening feeling I felt when I saw the dramatized version.
If the story intrigues you, as it did me as well as the filmmakers, make sure not to miss this penetrating true look at this horrible crime. Recommended.
Many transgender people are murdered at the hands of bigots. Trans people have been systematically oppressed by the cops and the bosses for hundreds of years. If we know the names Brandon Teena, Marsha P. Johnson and Venus Extravaganza-all killed by bigots and trans oppression-it's only because of a growing awareness of the lives and deaths of trans people. This is the direct result of a movement for liberation.
The documentary film, The Brandon Teena Story, produced and directed by Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir, is a respectful and important work. The most unfortunate aspect of the film is the absence of its main character. We see Brandon Teena only through photographs, people's memories, and testimony from the men who raped and murdered him.
The most painful part of the film is an audio tape of Brandon made by cops as they grilled him about being raped by the men who would later kill him and two others. The cops deliberately waited to arrest the pair until after the murders.
Brandon's story of transitioning, love, murder and oppression is told thoughtfully by friends and former girlfriends. It was Falls City Sheriff Charles Laux, who publicly exposed Brandon's genetic sex (female), who began the cascade of violence that ended in the triple homicide of Brandon Teena, Lisa Lambert and Phillip DeVine.
Lampert and DeVine were killed to try to protect the identities of the murderers, John Lotter and Tom Nissen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Decided to watch this after a long long time... seen the movie, with Hillary Swank , which was excellent.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lisa
The film is not as bad as I was led to believe. There is promise of what could have been. “Interstate” pays homage to one of the earlier films in the film noir genre, “Detour”... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MIchael J Carr
It's a very emotional story. My heart went out to Brandon. I really enjoyed this documentary.Published 7 months ago by Sylrev
Gut wrenching story that will open your eyes to the heartbreak of a transgender teen. Captivating! Unusual...educational in that I had no idea.Published 19 months ago by a researcher in Michigan
pretty good doc, covers the events leading up to the murders well, good interviews and well put together, if you are into docs this ones pretty goodPublished 21 months ago by Todd Barts