When Lana and Lilly Wachowski
, the visionary sibling directors of “The Matrix
” and “Sense8
, came out as transgender, it was a boon for trans filmmakers everywhere. Suddenly, the Wachowskis’ entire canon of influential science fiction, fantasy (and even “Bound
,” their one explicitly queer film) could be seen through a whole different lens. The news turned “The Matrix
” into a metaphor for eschewing the gender binary, “Bound
” could comfortably be claimed as a lesbian film made by a lesbian, and they were free to make “Sense8
” as unabashedly inclusive as they wanted.
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So: How many trans directors can you name besides the Wachowskis?
While their influence cannot be overstated, there is a robust crew of transgender filmmakers coming up in their wake. As trans stories become de rigeur, it’s increasingly important that these stories are told by trans people.