Thursday, October 13, 2016
'Die Beautiful' Film Opening In The Philippines
This film is also entered in the main competition for the upcoming Tokyo International Film Festival taking place from October 25-November 3
The film stars actor Paolo Ballesteros and is directed by Jun Robles Luna. It tells the story of Trisha, a trans pinay who competes in the pageant world while living her life.
This movie is being released at a time in which a trans pinay in Rep. Geraldine Roman is serving in the Philippine Congress, and like us in the States, are dealing with murderous violence aimed at trans women as the Ashley Anne Reilly case demonstrates. .
They like us, are also increasingly concerned about how they are portrayed in the Philippine media and getting more vocal about it.
"Philippine show business is very much like Hollywood in its thinking of trans people and especially trans women," said Naomi Fontanos, the executive director of GANDA Filipinas. "Trans women characters almost always go to male leads based of course on the transphobic notion that trans women really are men in makeup and dresses."
"We've been trying to fight this damaging stereotype with some degree of success," she added.
gender bending makeup artistry, it's still past time for trans feminine characters to NOT be played by cis masculine actors. Trans women are women, not men in dresses. Reinforcing that stereotype is getting trans women in the Philippines and around the world killed.
If you're going to tell our stories and make money off of it, then we have every right to insist that you use a trans feminine actress. If you can't find a trans feminine actress to play a trans feminine role, then use a cis woman.
But here's hoping that trans feminine actresses in the Philippines also start getting the opportunity to play trans feminine characters.