Bittersweet Becoming

Aug 12, 2023
1:30 PM

International Village - Theatre 8

Available Online
Aug 13 - 16
1:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Karla Rae James began her transition later in life. Having spent years playing a role dictated by familial and societal expectations, it is not until the cusp of her seventh decade that Karla summons the strength to embrace her true self. This intimate documentary invites us to join Karla on her journey, allowing precious access to her memories, hopes and fears, and bearing witness to her gender-affirming surgeries.

Director Polina Teif spent three years with Karla while making the film. The closeness between filmmaker and protagonist is evident through the care and sensitivity with which the story is presented. But perhaps the film’s greatest feat is simply allowing us to get to know Karla, a kind, thoughtful, resilient figure who is never less than wonderful company and stands as an inspiring example of how it is never too late to reclaim your identity.

Content Warning: Flashing lights, blood, depiction of surgery, mentions of transphobia and trans misogyny.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artists.

ASL interpretation will be provided during the Q&A, and live captioning on screen will be used during the pre-screening announcements.

Total event runtime: 108 min

This film has been rated PG by BC Consumer Protection with an advisory for coarse language and nudity.