SEE US HEAR US

Documentary Feature Film

 

A suspected serial killer preys on transgender women of color in Jacksonville as trans activists risk their lives to confront hostility from law enforcement and apathy from the gay community.

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

A suspected serial killer is targeting trans women of color in Jacksonville.  As trans activists cry out for justice, local law enforcement responds with an increased police presence in minority neighborhoods.  Following a major protest rally countered by a sizable white supremacist group, trans activists are jailed and heavily fined while the violent crime rate escalates.  Meanwhile, the killings continue.  As the search for the killer unfolds, learn in intimate and heartbreaking detail the violence, discrimination, loves, and losses members of Jacksonville’s trans community endure as they live their truths in this decidedly Southern, conservative city divided deeply along racial and economic lines.   

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR, J.R. HOWELL

 

Before becoming a filmmaker, J.R. worked for more than a decade as an attorney in the field

of human rights, putting his law degree to work for the African American community,

immigrants, HIV/AIDS issues, women victimized by sexual assault in the workplace, individuals

with disabilities, and those struggling with substance abuse and addiction. His role as a lawyer

was often indistinguishable with that of a social worker and devoted friend. In this capacity,

he experienced both first hand and vicariously the heights and depths of the human condition.

He's taken those experiences and plunged them into the pathos of his art.   

 

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