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Trantasia 2006 NR

(26) IMDb 7.1/10

A behind-the-scenes look at the first-ever 'World's Most Beautiful Transsexual Pageant.'

Starring:
Erica Andrews, Cassandra Cass
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Garrett on November 18, 2007
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I really liked the film and its documentary style. The production values were very good. The ladies were, for the most part, amazing to look at. As a transwoman, I was a bit envious of some of them. The personal interviews are what really made the film worthwhile. I personally found the pageant part to be typical and in some cases reinforced the notion that transwomen are overdone Barbi dolls or drag queens, which simply isn't the case. The interviews mostly proved otherwise and provided a sensitive look into the aspirations and dreams of these ladies to live their lives as the women they were born to be. Kudos overall!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Lever on October 18, 2007
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I was very suprised and at times moved by this gem of a film. I thought it might be fluffy camp, but it has such a sweet heart to it. The girls are true beauties, both inside and out. Funny, touching and an interesting glimpse into a very unique subset of the LGBT community.

What bravery to tell such a personal story! Brava to the girls and thank you for a great film.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Todd Stites on December 4, 2007
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I was fortunate to see "Trantasia" in a packed theatre as part of Los Angeles' long running OUTFEST. When the lights came up at the end of the screening I remember saying: "This is 'Paris Is Burning' for a new generation!" Besides the obvious connection between the two documentaries, I believe they both successfully accomplish a similar goal: to educate the viewer about a particular sub-culture with humor, humanity, and intelligence. Besides laughing along with the participants thru the process of a Beauty Pageant, there are some remarkable backstory segments as some of the girls travel back home to visit with their families...but the moment when one of the beauty queen contestants said some homophobic comments took my breath away in it's utter rawness (and contradiction to the open-mindedness of a Transgendered Beauty Pageant!) Our audience was abuzz for almost a minute after his/her remark.

This film is outstanding and highly recommended! And for those of you out there (and you know who you are) who love to quote awesome lines of movie dialogue...get ready to fill your mind with more quotables than "Mommie Dearest!'
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Graham D. Lincoln VINE VOICE on April 6, 2008
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I watched this last night, and found the entire film/documentary to be very fascinating, fun, enjoyable, exciting, Revealing, and Inspiring!

I was not sure what to expect, because I am accustomed to seeing professional shows at local clubs. However the film truly represents a diverse range of Transgendered women vying for recognition of their beauty. Aside from the contest and the documentary style interviews with contenders for the crown, honest discussions about lifestyle choices, gender identity, and family relationships are explored. For anyone who lives a bit outside the "norm" of societal standards, or for those who consider their lifestyle to be "Alternative" in some fashion this DVD is a great resource for confirmation, inspiration, and background information about *why* people choose to live outside the bounds of strictly dictated rules and regs about who we are supposed to be.

Personally, I identified with many of the individual women interviewed in the film, and I found myself smiling throughout much of the film. Some stories also contain obstacles and societal situations which are quite serious, but overall the film is fun, uplifting, and exciting.

One transgendered woman was genuinely upset that others were acting overly naughty, exposing themselves without cause, and generally acting trampy. Her sincerity flows from the screen. A few acted like drag queens, but many were quite serious and sincere. Most of the women are beautiful. Watching the film, and viewing the actual event (beauty contest) was a fun experience plus the backstage scenarios were entertaining and informative.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gracelyn Brown on November 28, 2007
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Yes, it's inspiring. But Trantasia is surprising, cheeky and very, very funny.

Watch the girls hit the strip in Vegas and reduce grown men to excitement, bewilderment and just plain confusion.

It's a window into a very provocative and fascinating world. If you ever wondered why.....this movie has all the answers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joel Garcia on December 21, 2007
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This video was Amazing! Erica andrews , Mimmi marks , Dorae Saunders , Tierra Rusell ,, what else can u ask for! best transsexuals in the buisness
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zan P. on October 25, 2007
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We loved this documentary!! Every minute was entertaining and intriguing. It was crazy interesting to hear each unique backstory of the girls and very touching as well. We also found ourselves laughing a lot... there is no shortage of humorous diva-like drama to compliment the touching and interesting sides of the movie. I had very little knowledge of this world and still deeply enjoyed it and would recommend checking it out.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brook V on January 12, 2009
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Aside from a couple contestants who seem more down to earth than the rest, this video is chock full of self absorbed people who seem like they are living in an out of touch fantasy world. This video could have been something good and important to the trans community. But instead it's more of a silicon pumped drag queen train wreck.

The most comical and pathetic stories come from two of the african-american contestants. Both are incredibly narcistic and self centered. Even sadly blaming "racism" because they lost the pageant! Come on! You both stunk and that is the ONLY reason and you both know it!

Buy it used and don't pay more than $5!
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