The Believers

Gender Odyssey 2013 is delighted to screen The Believers

The Believers is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, gender, and religion. Built around the world’s first transgender gospel choir, the film portrays the choir’s dilemma – how to reconcile their gender identity with the widespread belief that changing one’s gender goes against the word of God.

The Believers

The film takes us from the Transcendence Gospel Choir’s shaky beginnings – a heartwarmingly chaotic, cacophonous group unable to agree on much of anything – through their transformation into the polished, award-winning choir and close-knit family they are today, garnering major performances and winning an Outmusic Award in 2004 for the album Whosoever Believes. The intimate personal stories shed light on the complexity of balancing social change, family history, religion and identity. At the heart of their dilemma is a struggle for acceptance within two worlds historically at odds with one another.

The Believers - Whosoever BelievesThe Believers is a unique story of determination and perseverance and an important look at the intricacy and diversity of spirituality.”

Awards

  • Jury Award, Best Transgender Film
    Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Best Full Length Documentary
    Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Best Documentary
    San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival

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