T IS FOR TEACHER charts the experiences of four transgender school teachers who wish to transition whilst employed within the North American school system.
Director Rohan Spong travels to New York, Minneapolis, New Mexico and Arizona to interview these teachers about their struggles and triumphs, covering issues such as gendered bathrooms, the impact of transition on students and the depiction of trans* people by mainstream American media.
Along the way, he engages students, parents, school administrations, a newspaper editor and conservative church groups in a discussion about the lessons learned from bearing witness to these remarkable women’s courage.
70 mins, Colour
DIRECTED / DOP / EDITED by Rohan Spong. PRODUCED by Rohan Spong and Adam Farrington-Williams.
REVIEWS / PRESS
★ ★ ★ ★
“The right combination of strong material and talented filmmaking”
THOMAS CALDWELL, CINEMA AUTOPSY
“T is for Teacher is a powerful and ultimately hope-filled affair that manages to confound not only the smothering narrative of youth disaffection, but also the lazy criticisms too easily fired against small-town America.”
STEPHEN A. RUSSELL, THE LOWDOWNUNDER
“A thought provoking documentary of remarkable courage”
JAKE WILSON, THE AGE (Weekend Picks)
“Intimate, insightful and an incredibly moving film. It will move you to tears”
NAMILA BENSON, RRR RADIO
“It’s a very compelling film”
CAROL VAN OPSTAL, 3MBS RADIO
“I left this well-made film with a certain amount of optimism”
CERISE HOWARD, SENSES OF CINEMA
FESTIVAL SCREENING Scottsdale International Film Festival [alongside Oscar contenders]
FESTIVAL SCREENING Kansas International Film Festival [alongside Oscar contenders]
WINNER Best Documentary at Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
FESTIVAL SCREENING International Film Festival of Ireland
FESTIVAL SCREENING Melbourne Queer Film Festival
FESTIVAL SCREENING Girls on Film Festival
NAMED by two Australian reviewers (Thomas Caldwell and Richard Watts) as amongst the best films of 2009.