Jules Rosskam's against a trans narrative is a provocative and personal experimental documentary investigating dominant constructions of trans-masculine identity, gender, and the nature of community.

By sensitively framing the film through his own personal journey within the trans-masculine community, Rosskam creates an electric and original investigation into gender politics and social self-identity.

Blending fiction, nonfiction, and experimental film genres, against a trans narrative employs a gender-busting combination of intimate diary footage, stylized dramatic scenes, spoken word performance, faux audition tapes, and roundtable interview footage to explore and initiate a dialogue between feminists, queers, and transfolk about the way we construct personal and historical narratives. Careful attention is paid to the ways generation, race, class, and culture impact our understandings of gender.


Feminist Review / February 23, 2009
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Culture Catch, Gender Fabulous / June 12, 2009
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LA Weekly, OUTFEST: Vote "Yes" / July 7, 2009
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  • Keene State College
  • Sienna College


  • Helen Day Art Center, Manhood: Masculinity, Male Identity and Culture
  • Gender F**k Film Festival


  • Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Auditorium
  • Kansai Queer Film Festival
  • Mujerdoc II Festival Internacional de Cine Documental sobre Género
  • Divergenti Film Festival
  • Surversive Art Festival
  • Queer Nazariya


  • Pink Screens Film Festival
  • Vinokino the Finnish Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • Image + Nation
  • Queer Film Festival Mezipatra
  • Pikes Peak Lavendar Film Festiva
  • London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • Netherlands Transgender Film Festival
  • Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • NewFest
  • Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
  • San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Outfest
  • Out on Screen Vancouver
  • GAZE Dublin International Gay and Lesbian Film Fesitval
  • SilverFuture Berlin