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The Stroll (2023) movie review and synopsis.

Politically, this film is another example of the transformative power of filmmaking. It is part of a medium traditionally held by white cismen with their limited perspective, but the floodgates are opening. Lovell and Drucker do not have an “Imperial Overseer” approach to the subject. When we see Tabytha, Ceyenne, Egyptt and our other group of colorful and vibrant women, we see Kristen right next to them. She creates space for these women to share their stories while demonstrating empathy as sisters and participants.

As a result, the film is haunting and feels like a full picture rather than narrow, like other films with similar themes. Lovell serves as our guide through the underbelly of the wronged as she uncovers her story and that of her sisters. Sisterhood is a major theme in this story, as it is for many transgender women of color in The Stroll. Community was all they had. Many of the girls and young women in the Meatpacking District during the Walk ran away or were kicked out by their families. With nowhere to go and employment discrimination due to their transition, transgender women of color in the area turned to sex work to make ends meet.

Unfortunately, this profession came violently into the workplace. It is disheartening to hear tales of young women, around 15 years old and younger, being displaced and thrust into a world where they are given the cold shoulder. But despite former Mayor Giuliani’s tyranny, police brutality, abusive customers and rampant homelessness, the love and support shared among the trans women of The Stroll kept them going. Older trans women, in particular, provided much-needed protection and guidance to these young women. Described as Wonder Woman or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, transgender sex workers wore metaphysical armor in the face of adversity.

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