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Martine Stonehouse is a remarkable woman.

Martine, a local Trans activist, won the City of Toronto’s 2012 Pride Award. In 2008, the Toronto Star called her “Toronto’s transsexual Norma Rae” in honour of her success fighting the province when OHIP delisted GRS surgery. The heart of Transfixed centres on the unconventional romance between Martine and John, who both live with Asperger’s Syndrome. Their goal is to marry, but many challenges lie ahead, the most serious of which is Martine’s struggle to “get a vagina.” The couple must overcome personal obstacles, along with a series of medical complications and financial woes but refusing to settle; the pair finds a way to make everything work.

Transfixed is a compelling, universally appealing documentary that follows a local heroine’s journey as she pieces together a complex puzzle.

Documentary. 2015. Canada. 74min. Directed by Alon Kol

Preceded by:

Chance  Jake Graf. 2015. UK. 16:11min

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