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Headspace: Walk A Mile In His Heels

by RAYMOND HELKIO

To mark LGBT+ History Month, trans director Jake Graf releases his latest short film Headspace, an innovative account of the societal pressures that make life challenging for trans people. His previous films also deal with vulnerability and the search for meaning and acceptance, but this work uses inner monologues to illustrate how everyday situations like a visit to the doctor's office, the gym, the bathroom or navigating someone's perception of your gender can quickly become a battlefield fuelled by fear and misinformation.

Intimate and authentic, Headspace is a touching exploration of what it means to boldly live life in an often unwelcoming world. The all-trans cast includes Laith Ashley from Whoopi Goldberg's trans reality show Strut, and trans activist and DJ Munroe Bergdorf. 

Graf recently told the Huffington Post that "I think there is a popular misconception that once a trans person has medically transitioned, and settled into a 'mainstream' lifestyle, that all the struggles, challenges and discrimination simply fade away . . . I wanted to give a glimpse into some very personal and awkward experiences that are to some degree universal." 

HEADSPACE 2017 from Jake Graf on Vimeo.

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