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The Brandon Teena Story (1998)




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This documentary covers the story of a Nebraska triple homicide, beginning with the Lincoln, Nebraska birth of Teena Brandon, a woman who later made a change of both name and sex. In December 1993, Brandon left Lincoln for Falls City, began dating a woman, passed a bad check, and was booked under 'his' real name. When locals learned of his true nature, they were so outraged that they beat and raped him on Christmas Eve. After Brandon filed a complaint, he was found dead on New Year's Eve, along with two other victims. Reconstructing the events (with a few short reenactments), filmmakers Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottier interviewed Brandon's family and friends and the two convicted killers (who each accused the other), intercutting TV news coverage. Shown at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for The Brandon Teena Story

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

It's absorbing, often stomach-turning stuff, but, in the interests of filling feature length, the filmmakers stretch things out too much.

Full Review… | January 3, 2007
Film Journal International

The strength of The Brandon Teena Story is that it briefly lets us hear Brandon speak for himself.

Full Review… | May 27, 2006

Poorly done documentary. Rent 'Girls Don't Cry' instead.

April 1, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for The Brandon Teena Story

exquisitely haunting, painful, informative documentary of the persecution, rape, and killing of an innocent trans identified person

Julie Moore
Julie Moore

Just makes me sad. The director did not do a good job I will tell you that though. Just. Sad, sad Midwest tale.

Tracy Fortenberry
Tracy Fortenberry

This movie was truly heartbreaking to watch. It's sad that this even happened,simply because people were uncomfortable within themselves and plain old ignorance.

Messina H
Messina H

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