A cisgender male director, Lukas Dhont, directs a cisgender male, Victor Polster, in an attempt to depict the transgender experience in Girl. I had a sigh of relief going into the morning in which the final TIFF films were announced. Then I cringed. This is because of yet another film starring a cisgender male as a transgender film. It had been selected to screen during TIFF and I could not be angrier. As I arrived to…"TIFF 2018: I’m Still Boycotting Girl"
Girl, since acquired by Netflix, has taken home not one but two awards at Cannes. It’s frustrating to see this film take home any award. The practice of Transface–casting cisgender people in transgender roles–is a practice that seriously needs to come to an end. It’s no different than the casting of white people and making them up to appear as people of color. If you wouldn’t cast someone in Blackface, don’t bother casting in Transface! …"Girl: Cisgender Male wins award for Transgender Role at Cannes"