“Movingly told...powerful documentary, which makes the valuable point that this is a civil rights issue...”
— The Hollywood Reporter
In early 2016, when a dark wave of anti-transgender “bathroom bills” began sweeping across the nation, The Human Rights Campaign published a report identifying 2016 as the most dangerous year for transgender Americans.
“Humble, yet deeply moving documentary...What makes 'The Most Dangerous Year' so beautifully effective is its representation of these loving, proud families who choose to stand up for the humanity and humane treatment of their children — and the politicians who listen.”
— Los Angeles Times
This award-winning film, written and directed by Vlada Knowlton, captured the civil rights battle over anti-transgender “bathroom bills” from the perspective of a small group of embattled parents as they banded together to fight a deluge of proposed laws that would strip away the rights of their young, transgender children. As one of the parents, Knowlton presents an intimate portrait of her own struggle to protect her 5-year-old transgender daughter from laws inspired by ignorance and fear.
“Intensely personal...it makes its case effectively.”
— The New York Times
From tension-filled Senate hearings in Olympia to intimate household settings of the families involved; from thought provoking conversations with key lawmakers to elucidating facts explained by leading scientists — "The Most Dangerous Year" explores the transgender civil rights battle in all its richness and complexity. While the film follows the story and outcome of anti-transgender legislation in Washington, the heart of the film lies in the stories of the families who made the decision to accept and support their kids for exactly who they are.
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