Recently spotlighted in the HBOMax series Veneno, this landmark 1983 Spanish documentary reveals the daily lives of several trans sex workers in Madrid, who candidly discuss their personal experiences and histories.

96 min | Spanish | Spain

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U.S. Restoration Premiere

Antonio Giménez Rico’s stunning portrait documents the lives of six transgender women living in 1980s Madrid during Spain’s post-Franco makeover into a constitutional monarchy. Through wide-ranging conversations and interviews, the women discuss their experiences of nightlife, family, sex work, the legal system, and their personal narratives of transition. In a historical moment that witnessed a dramatic expansion of legal rights and political representation, their stories are an indictment of the repressive, transphobic institutions that remain entrenched in Spanish society. Featured in the hit series Veneno and the subject of a book-length history by Valeria Vegas, this provocative but nuanced portrayal joins a wave of rediscovered and reconsidered documents of trans lives in cinema.

This film will only be screened theatrically.

Director: Antonio Giménez Rico

Writer: Antonio Giménez Rico

Producer: Monica Del Bosco-Loew, Bernardo Fernández, Baltasar Sanrigoberto