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A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  19 June 2006 (USA)
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The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young transgendered woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.

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Sylvia Guerrero
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Eddie
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Mami
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Papi
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Joey Marino
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Chita Araujo
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Danny Araujo
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Angie
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Carlos guerrero
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Dr. Martin
Tegan Moss ...
Lisa
Michael Dillman ...
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Chita (10 Years)
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Based on a true story. As a young boy, Eddie Araujo always felt different somehow. She started putting on her mom's makeup and wearing her mom's clothes, which her mom found odd. By the time she entered her teen years, Eddie could no longer hide the fact that she was a lot different, that she was meant to be female and not male. When she finally accepted it and with her mom's eventual support, Eddie changed her name to Gwen and started to live life as female until a tragic night changed everything. Written by r2k443

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He was just who she was.

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Just a Girl: The Gwen Araujo Story  »

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Eddie Araujo took the name "Gwen" for her female identity after Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, her favorite singer. See more »

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The defense attorney noted that Joey had punched a wall and broke his hand after Sylvia had told him that Gwen was not really a female. A day or two after Sylvia tells him, a drunken Gwen walks along the fence of the construction site in which Joey was working; Joey walks up to the fence and you can clearly tell that none of his hands looked damaged in any way. See more »

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Sylvia Guerrero: [in court, in tears] I don't need you to tell me what society does to people. They beat her for five hours, they tied her up and strangled her, and then they buried her in the field, and then they went and had breakfast in a diner and ate pancakes. And you think that I should excuse them? Shame on you. I blame them! I blame them... every day!
[Sylvia leaves in anger as the whole court claps for her]
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"Where's Joey?" -- a hauntingly instructive tale
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Excellent depiction of the case of a teenage transsexual who was killed in California in 2002.

Mercedes Ruehl is believable as a single mother struggling to cope with a son, who, from an early age, would rather wear a frilly pink dress and sleep with a Barbie doll than practice his baseball swing. One truly feels for her as she tries to understand a condition for which there is no parent's manual.

The young actor who plays Eddie as a child is excellent, as is JD Pardo as the more grown-up Gwen. Corey Stoll also does well as an ex-Marine who is Gwen's first and only boyfriend. (Did he know, or not? In a discussion between Mrs. Araujo and her younger son, the film grapples with this question.)

Directed by Polish-born Agnieszka Holland, whose own father died in police custody in her native Poland, this film is helpful in explaining how transsexualism can occur- - when a boy's sexual organs develop but masculinization of his brain never takes place.

The action of this movie switches from courtroom scenes to flashbacks, and we gain some inkling into how societal prejudices may have had an effect on the verdicts. Two of Gwen's four assailants were convicted in the killing, but hate-crime charges weren't applied.

This powerfully tragic story has taught me a lot.


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