Please note TRINIDAD is available in two different versions, the original "theatrical" version as seen in theaters as well as the K-12 "broadcast version" which contains no graphic imagery and is suitable for younger and general audiences: http://www.newday.com/film/trinidad-transgender-frontier-k-12-version
DVD contains a 1 hour lecture and 2 power point presentations by Dr. Marci Bowers, as well as Dr. Bowers's 1 stage vaginoplasty surgery video.
Edifying and intimate, TRINIDAD acquaints viewers with three extraordinary transwomen whose paths cross in an unlikely setting—the unassuming town of Trinidad, Colorado. Against the backdrop of the town’s history of transgender surgery, TRINIDAD invokes the passions and gender politics of these three individuals as they search for a place of empowerment and belonging.
"TRINIDAD succeeds in presenting the materials for a better understanding of transsexual people and stands to be very instrumental in making the world outside of Trinidad, Colorado a safer place for them to live."
Part intimate observational documentary and part educational essay, Trinidad acquaints viewers with three extraordinary trans women whose paths cross in an unlikely setting—the unassuming small town of Trinidad, Colorado. Located on the Santa Fe Trail, where the Rockies fade into the Great Plains, this one-time mafia-run, coal mining town is the destination of more than 6,500 transsexuals, who travel from all across the country with the same bold dream: to align their external bodies with their internal gender identities.
Dr. Marci Bowers, a “rock star” in the world of genital reassignment surgery (GRS), relocated to Trinidad in 2003 to follow in the footsteps of legendary surgeon Dr. Stanley Biber. Sabrina Marcus, an engineer and founder of the Southern Comfort Transgender Conference, and Dr. Laura Ellis, a family practitioner, are two of Marci’s most fascinating patients. Sabrina and Laura have hopes of building a bed-and-breakfast recovery center for post-operative transgender patients in Trinidad, but face setback after logistical setback—and find themselves increasingly at philosophical odds with Marci. Against the backdrop of Trinidad’s remarkable history of transgender surgery,Trinidad invokes the passions and gender politics of these three women as they search for their place of empowerment and belonging in the “sex change capital of the world.”
"....The universal themes and the compelling narrative quality of the film make it a must-see."
''Who knew that Trinidad, Colorado, with a population of 9,000 was the sex change capital of the world? This documentary about the small town follows several of its transgender residents, including Dr. Marci Bowers--who is herself now one of the world's top doctors for reassignment surgery--capturing the subtle moments of people whose whole lives are love in various states of performance and nuance.''
“Dynamic and heartfelt in their portraits, Raval and Hodges clearly took great care in choosing their subjects and utilize a sweet, yet haunting inquisitive tone that doesn't let itself get bogged down by the issues and manages to let the characters paint the bigger picture of homophobia in the world around them...”
''Fascinating. Avoiding 'before and after' sensationalism, filmmakers Raval and Hodges trace the women's personal stories with curiosity and sensitivity, using quaint, rural Trinidad as a mountain-girdled backdrop.''