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In addition to creating conversation about the power of images, Labragirl Pictures is dedicated to bringing lost voices and histories to the silver screen. Consequently, all of the films that we are currently working on bring new perspectives, lesser known stories, or ignored voices to cinematic life. So, in this series of “Lost Voices” blog posts, we will talk about films that explore untold stories or that introduce new perspectives.

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Boys Don’t Cry, 1999

{Warning: This blog post contains movie spoilers.}

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The independent film Boys Don’t Cry is based on the true life story of Brandon Teena. Brandon Teena was a transgender person who was grappling with his gender identity and struggling to fit in.

In 1993, Brandon was murdered in rural Nebraska.

Boys Don’t Cry explores the events surrounding Brandon’s murder and in doing so gives a visual voice to a transgender person’s perspective and story.

Boys Don’t Cry Official Trailer

Released in 1999, Boys Don’t Cry brought a considerable amount of publicity to Brandon’s story and consequently started a public discussion about hate crimes and the transgender community’s experiences.

-Hilary Swank speaks about the importance of Brandon Teena’s story in her Oscar acceptance speech. @5:10

Boys Don’t Cry also gives visual voice to the ways that sexual violence is tied to raw power. The film’s director, Kimberly Peirce, doesn’t shy away from showing the ways in which the people felt threatened by Brandon’s sexuality and how that fear then transferred into sexual violence, rape, and murder—giving visual voice to perspectives and issues that are under explored.

Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry. {Click on image for source information.}
Brandon Teena. {Click on image for source information.}

Have you seen Boys Don’t Cry?

What do you think about this film?

Does it bring a lost voice or different perspective to cinematic life?

We’d love to discuss with you.

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Previous “Lost Voices” Blog Entries

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The Stoning of Soraya M.


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