The Department of Communication, Media and Film and the University of Calgary Film Society Present

the pearl

The Pearl (2016)

When and Where: 

Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library

About the Film:

The Pearl explores the raw emotional and physical experience of being a middle aged to senior transgender woman against the backdrop of post-industrial logging towns in the Pacific Northwest. The film leans into the struggle of those who were reared and successful as men and have reached middle age or later with a burdensome secret that they can no longer keep.

We travel with four women, all in extremely early stages of coming out, as they attend the Esprit Conference – an annual event in northernmost Washington where transgender women that have lived closeted their whole lives come together in an environment that allows them to express their true identity.  From here we follow these same 4 women over the course of nearly 3 years as they grapple with varying degrees of transition.

“This daring documentary explores the struggle of trans-womens’ quest for identity and, more important, their struggle to find a safe space.” – TownVibe Review

“It’s a reminder that transitioning takes far more than simply saying ‘my sex and gender don’t align.'” – Digital Journey Review

“Pearl” employs the radical immersion style favored by a number of young modern documentarians on display here” – Los Angeles Times


“By emphasizing the mundane, The Pearl asks viewers to see these women in their natural habitat, which is the same occupied by so many of the rest of us. Valuing simplicity, the movie erases any prejudiced notion of “us” and “them.” ” – Paste Magazine


A Film by Jessica Gimmick and Christopher Lamarca

See more at The Pearl Website

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: October 11, 2016 — 5:27 pm
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