Bennett Wallace is a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the difficult terrain of young adulthood, he works to gain the love and support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition. Along the way, Bennett forges a powerful friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician with his own demons to fight.
Director Shaleece Haas’s ambitious visual style imbues REAL BOY with the personal and confessional; this documentary is enriched with home videos from Bennett’s early childhood, beautiful animations that bring his journals to life, and also features Bennett’s music, which serves as the soundtrack to his coming-of-age. While the story centers around Bennett’s transition, it ultimately reveals how our closest, most complicated relationships can be a source of hurt as well as redemptive, authentic healing.
Community Partner: Transgender Resource Center