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These themes of courage and stepping out of the closet were also the backbone of Southern Comfort. When I met Robert Eads at a conference for transgendered men, I found myself living with a very hidden minority, hidden because they pass so well as men, and hidden to protect themselves against the daily perils of living as a transperson in a world which still persecutes them and makes every day a dangerous prospect.
The men in Southern Comfort were fine living their regular lives, and hardly jumped at the chance to be part of a documentary. In fact, Robert himself resisted for months, and one day called to tell me that he was up for it. That he would be dead by the time the film would be finished. And so we all started to help tell Robert's extraordinary tale of being a transman, a parent, a shotgun-toting guy who can pass for a classic Redneck from rural Georgia, and as someone who was falling in love during the final year of his life. During the filming, I began to hear one recurring idea: the importance of accepting oneself. From that comes the strength to live a more honest life, and from that comes the chance to open up the hearts and minds of others.
And so the six main people in Southern Comfort, most of whom had survived rejection from their families, friends, employers, and the medical world, decided it was time to speak out and let others know how that feels. That they are human too. Many times at the end of a shoot, I would fly back from Atlanta feeling inspired by their strength - wouldn't it be great if we all could simply accept ourselves? - but also I felt outraged that such prejudice still exists and continues to kill.
Southern Comfort has, since then, reached millions of people around the world. There was even a town in rural Japan which celebrated "Robert Eads Day." Those in the film now know they did a lot to help break down stereotypes about those society condemns for being different. In a quieter way, the film reflects the spirit which was needed to ignite the Stonewall riots. Enough hiding. Time to be on an equal footing with everyone else. In the end, this isn't a story of GLBT rights or transgendered rights, but of human rights.- Kate Davis, Director, Southern Comfort
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An eloquent way to show just how much like everyone else he is.
This is a tragic story of injustice that nonetheless reveals the power of unconditional love and acceptance, and the triumph of the human spirit.
It is obviously a low budget film, but well edited and the story is told in a compelling manner.
This is a story about Love. Southern Comfort is the one place all of the members feel truly accepted. It puts the medical community to shame as it should. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol L. Paustell
The touching story of Robert Eads a female to male transgender and his struggle to live and die with dignity.Published 7 months ago by DeLynn
This is an object lesson about love and tolerance for the different in our world. The most poignant words about this story come from Lola Cola who says"nature delights in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Smith
An original theme for a story that gives credible belief to a location, a Louisana swamp, where a bunch of national guard persons were called to do their mandatory 2 week call-up. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kenneth Howell
I teach Psychology of Gender at a college in rural Appalachia, not far from the setting of this movie. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sherry Hamby, Author of Battered Women's Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know
This movie touches upon our transgender lives in so many ways. It touches our immediate families, the families we create, our friends, the ones that we love and very importantly it... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Vicky Blum
Was not what I wanted. I could not watch it because it contained things I do not believe in. YuckPublished 22 months ago by Ann Tucker
great documentary, but emotional and difficult. It just proves the point that we all just want to be loved, and this story is a beautiful testament to that.Published 23 months ago by V. Hawkins