The Brandon Teena Story
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To his girlfriends, he was the perfect boyfriend. To his killers, he was a gender-bending freak. To the law, he got what he deserved. Ultimately, Brandon Teena is an American tragedy.

Winner of best documentary awards at the Berlin and Vancouver film

Brandon Teena was a handsome boy who had tremendous success with women because he always seemed to know exactly what they wanted. Perhaps it helped that Brandon Teena was born Teena Brandon, a young woman who desperately wanted to be a man. But Brandon lived in a small Midwestern town, where his sexual identity crisis wasn't tolerated, inciting two so-called friends to brutally murder him and two other innocents. This true story, which was the basis for the feature film Boys Don't Cry, is recounted in the award-winning (Best Documentary at both the Vancouver and Berlin film festivals) documentary The Brandon Teena Story.

This insightful film is both fascinating and horrifying, as we are treated to news footage and interviews with Brandon's family, friends, former girlfriends, as well as the two men who are in jail (one on death row) for the rape and later murder of Brandon. Throughout the film, the viewer's disgust grows as recordings of Brandon with the police department of Falls City, Nebraska, are played; when Brandon reports his rape, the questioning is turned around on him, making him the guilty party for his sexuality. Ignorance and hatred abound in the small town, although many of his ex-girlfriends are surprisingly sympathetic. While there is nothing graphic in this film, it is unexpectedly difficult to watch at moments; the drama, however, is gripping and the message an important one to hear. --Jenny Brown

Customer Reviews:

  • Really, really good
    I've always wondered what it would be like to be inside the homes of people on the "Jerry Springer Show." Now I know. The people in this movie are so out of hand that you have to see it. I know that it is a sad story and all, and I cried through the whole movie. They weren't sad tears, however; they tears from histerical laughter. If you like this one, you'll love "Paradise Lost."...more info
  • a complete account
    boys don't cry is a beautiful and amazing film, don't get me wrong, but it isn't completely truthful, nor is it meant to be. this film gives a complete account of the brandon teena story in an honest, and considerate way while avoiding the trappings of over-sensationalizing like so many other documentations of this story have. more interested in informing than shocking, this film interviews important people in brandon's life thereby giving a complete account of his time in rural nebraska that led up to his eventual rape and death. i respect this film and appreciate the homage it pays to a young man who never meant to be an activist but has in death become one....more info
  • A must-see for everyone
    i have not yet seen "boys dont cry", and in fact i had gotten the brandon teena story on accident.i ordered it thinking it was BDC, but when i got it i realized it wasnt.i was tempted to send it back and get my money refunded but i changed my mind and opted to watch it. boy am i glad i did.this documentary moved me so much and affected me more than i was expecting it to. i came into this doc thinking it was just some regular old doc, not really expecting to get much out of it. by the end i was in tears.such a tragic incident to happen to a person like teena. the only downside to this was they focused more on the murder than on teena herself.i would of liked to of seen more of who she was...what she was like, etc. i cant wait to see BDC..."the brandon teena story" is a must-see if you saw/plan to see BDC.i am so glad i deicded to keep it :)...more info
  • Anti-Hate crime lesson
    Ignorance will always scare the ignorant, when they come face to face with it. It's true, Brandon was a liar, forger and thief; none of these Capital Crimes. No one, of any persuasion, deserves this. I saw "Boys Don't Cry" first, and I have no end of admiration for Kimberly Pierce's vision. Certainly, some things were changed, but the interviews with the killers were so perfectly aligned with Pierce's depiction. Hate crimes are very unsettling to me, and this documentary gave some great insight, especially that the law enforcement officers were so cruel; Ms. Pierce's film was kinder to them. The grave subject of Brandon Teena is, without question, a disgusting blemish on our system. These 2 films, made to bring light to an unending torment of misunderstood people, are vital. Highly recommended. (Hilary Swank was a terrific Brandon.) ...more info
  • TIME TO UNDERSTAND
    The firts time I came across Boys Don't Cry I had no idea who Brandon Tenna was, I never heard about this crime. This documentary is about Brandon Tenna, the men inside the woman, the people in this film are all people who knew Brandon, people who knew him as Brandon and people who knew her as Teena, I wish they had more to show about Brandon the story of the girl and the story of the boy inside her, I wish they had more pitures of Brandon as Brandon and as Teena. Her mother only said a few things, I wish the mother had stories to tell about Teena when she was a little girl and the sister, I wish she could've shared stories about Teena as her sister with the viewers. I thought this documentary had the complete story of the life and death of Teena Brandon, we all know who killed her, we all know who was involved but, what we don't know is what happpened to her why did it get so bad for her in Lincoln? I felt so sad after seeing what I saw, the few pictures of Brandon. If I was different which we all are, I would never move to a small town like Falls City, I wonder why Brandon never thought about coming here to Los Angeles or San Francisco even New York, people in big cities are more civilize and understading. We have so many different people here, even if some of us don't agree we some how accept each other. It is time to understand that we are all the same, whatever difference we have is not to us to judge, live and let live, allow God to make the final judgement, which by the way is the only one who counts. Accept yourself and others will follow. John Lotter & Tom Nissen soon will learn that all the things we do here on earth will be presented to us when we go to that final place, till then I guess John & Tom will just have live with that in mind, I hope they can some day accept what they did and live with it for the rest of their miserable lifes.
    R.I.P. TEENA BRANDON (BRANDON TENNA) LISA & PHILLIP. ...more info
  • The TRUE Facts
    I have seen "Boys Dont Cry". (VERY good, recamended) And read the book. "All she wonted", But this movie "THE BRANBON TENNA STORY". Is the best because it tells alot of true facts. It shows great photos, and real interviews with the real people from falls city who knew Brandon. his gfs, his mother, his friends, ect. I Recamend this movie very highly if you want to get the facts strate!...more info
  • Nothing is as good as the true story
    Although I enjoyed the documentary, I thought there could have been more details to explore than to simply turn the camera on and let the subjects talk. And there are so many "urban myths" attached to this story -- i.e. the name "Brandon Teena" was never used, only "Brandon."
    The film makers had chances to explore, push buttons, and probe, but evidently chose not to do so. Lana obviously considers herself a star to the show but is never pursued as a suspect; the rumour of her being present at the time of the killings could have been explored. Both of the killer's sexualities could have been explored, showing there are no easy answers and no 'simple' crimes. Why did Teena B trust these three low life, white trash losers (Lana & the killers)? What common bond kept them together, even in the midst of a heinous crime? Interesting how much Lana played into the story, yet not once did she show emotion when discussing the crime - except to laugh.
    The additions to the DVD seem slapped on - and again, could have been so much better. Documentaries can educate and explain, or open an issue to discussion.
    I truly believe, as a criminologist and as a diversity instructor, all of the persons responsible for the 3 murders were not held accountable. They caught the "bad guys" and locked them up, end of story. But there seems to be so much more than this. Lana & her mother should have been interrogated for aiding the killers (Lana's mother admits to doing so in her explanation to hide the evidence). Lana's role in the killing should have been explored. These are not bright, clever people; they could have been "had" with the right interview by law enforcement.
    All in all, kudos to the filmmakers for their work, but consider that nothing is as good as the TRUE story....more info
  • EULOGY FOR AN ACTRESS
    Teena Brandon was a small woman who came out of nowhere, walked tall for a couple of weeks and died a brutal death at the hands of her associates. She was one of those extraordinary pople who come out against all odds out of trailer parks and the small town oppression. Unfortunately she remains as obscure as she was before, despite all the publicity that she received well meaning and otherwise. That is because everyone concentrated on her cross-dressing and passing herself as a male, focusing on the last three weeks or so of her life in Falls City and ignoring everything else about her.

    This film is no exception, sticking strictly to the male persona that she was playing and ignoring her shortcomings. Unlike the true crime book, a film based ion her death, and a couple of magazine articles, this film comes closest at giving us a glimpse of what she must have been like in real life.

    This film suffers from a number of shortcomings as a dicumentary. It gives too much air time (amazing that they gave any play at all) to the two people that raped and murdered her. Nothing new revealed by that except their lies and attempts at self justification. In the beginning the film-makers interview a number of girls, whom Teena pursued as Brandon, but they fail to mention that Teena was 18 going on nineteen while the girls were 14 going on fifteen and sixteen, and if Teena was male, she'd be a prime candidate for charges of statutory rape. While it's understandable that they would want to portray her at her best, it doesn't explain why they failed to interview any of her peers or anyone, who knew her as a girl, since she lived as such for most of her life. Another problem, of the caliber that makes the difference between the great and the ordinary is that the film-makers fail to actively engage, question or put on the spot a number of those they interviewed, when they were evasive or less than forthcoming and a more agggressive questioning was called for. This holds true especially, when they take a mother of a convicted murderer and have the gall to ask her if her son deserves a death penalty, while the lead rapist clearly controls the interview, apparently by his ower of refusing to give an interview or to make it public.

    Despite these shortcomings, it's still a very moving documentary for all the life of Teena Brandon that it managed to capture. She was a budding actress from an early age and it was the role of her life that led to her death. She clearly loved to be photographed and the film makers picked out a great collection for a coherent narrative. Another strength is the length, which the interviews run, which capture enough information to give us sometimes shocking, sometimes revealing glimpse at what actually must have happened, even though the film makers failed to follow up on it.

    One of the things that happened in real life but which did nt made it into the based on a true story movie was the so-called depantsing incident: Jealous Boys come up on two girls at a party. They pull the pants off a girl mascuarading as a boy so that everyone can see that "he" is really a "she", in hopes that the other girl would now know the truth and go back to her boyfriend. there are other more sinister implicaitons in this as well, which are best left to Freudian psychoanalysts and to anthropologists studying mating rituals in tribal societies. What happens next is a lot more serious: Teena Brandon is understandably terrified and runs from the party to a public place in the company of her female friend. The two show up about thirty minutes later, and the female friend leaves Teena Brandon in their company, saying "You will be all right". In the interview that gets into the documentary, the female friend gets a long winded explanation of where they went, and why it was okay for her to leave Teena in the company of two men who just forcibly pulled off her pants, and finally, literally with the last sentence, she attempts to extricate one of the two who happened to have been her boyfriend. Sometime after that they show newsfootage of that girl giving her version of what took place. Instead of going like Oh-my-God-they-pulled-the-pants -off-my-best-friend, the woman goes in a droning monotone "The Depantsing Incident" as if she was a Pentagon spokesman commenting on teh latest snafu. The interviewers treat this girl as a former friend despite the fact that Teena Brandon was afraid to go near her after the rape, thinking that she had set her up.

    Another instance of mind-boggling behavior occurs when they iterview Linda, the mother of the last of Brandon's "girlfriends". There is a point that she says "I told Brandon that no one deserves to get raped, well, I did not know she was raped, kidnapped whatever." While saying that, she displays every textbook sign of lying. At first glance it seems innocuous: So, say that no one deserves to get raped. What's the big deal? Why lie about it? Because you knew you should say it, but you didn't? What sort of a person does it take to do that? And what sort of a mind is it that would lie about it and to what purpose? To curry favor with film makers? The film makers fail to mention was that this person had warned the perpetrators to wash their clothes because their victim went to the police and allegedly told them where Teena Brandon was hidingand had it not been for her, she might still be alive.

    The audiotape of Teena Brandon making a complaint is another piece of the film to watch carefully. Insensitive remarks of the shriff aside, this is the only voice sample and we should listento it carefully. There are two things: First, she is trying to distance herself from her own femininity,as second, she refers to her rapists by their first names. She is not tgrying to distance herself from them, she relates to them as her friends or peers. Secondly, unlike the stoic portrayal of her by Hillary Swank, with a lone tear running down her cheek, Teena Brandon is on the verge of tears while she gives the statement and she keeps speaking in short gasps, probably to keep from crying, and her narrative builds to a punchline wehich expresses either confusion, existential bewilderment, or heartbreak: They beat ehr into submission, they batter her, then they rape her, they they forced her to sit between then in the front seat of the car, and one of the says soemthing that profoundly affects her, one of them asks her if they are still friends. From the way she says, that remark had really hurt her, which probably means that at some point they really were her friends and she liked them. This explains one of the major mysteries in this story: She got to safety of a hotel lobby. She called for someone to give her a ride. The two showed up and she went with them to get beaten up and raped. The msytery is that she didn't blow them off, she ddin't make a scene, they did not threaten her, she went with them willingly. They talked her into getting a ride with them instead of whoever was coming to pick her up. She probably went with them because she thought of them as friends. They took charge of the sotuation and she respondd passively as a woman. Like experienced batterers they targeted where she was vulnerable as a female and somehow she managed to accept her role as a woman in an abusive relationship. Whatever the case may be, she went with them willingly because she thought of them as friends.

    The final point of interest is Michelle Lotter. In the early pictures she looks goofy. She wears baggy clothes to hide her figure. She bleaches her hair and starts wearing them something like Teena Brandon after she got murdered. There is some kind of a connection there. There is a sequence of photos that they took together in a mall photokiosk. There is some kind of tension between the two of them that did not exist between Teena and the other girls. They are grinning at each other like two Chihuahua dogs. From all appearances Teena Brandon had the Don Juan's ap;proach to love - girls were emotional objects to her to be pursued and showered with gifts, while it is with men that you establish friendships and communications. Which is what she did. Noticed that she never hugs or touches anyone in the photos, the only person that she does put ehr arm around is John Lotter, her future murderer. Of all the women it is only Michelle Lotter that she responds as if she is significant. I think the reason for that is the similarities that they shared. Some women attempt to avoid abuse, sexual and otherwise, by drawing attention fro their sexuality, which is what Michelle Lotter seemed to have been doing by hiding her figure in baggy clothes and acting like a clon and a best friend to a good looking girl. During the interview she is the most mature acting of them all, she knows the others and acts confident that she can control them. Teena Brandon is also seen wearing baggy clothes. Perhaps both of them had witnessed their friends in abusive relationships and did not to wind up in their shoes. It is realky tragic that when it happened to her, Teen...more info

  • Lies, love and murder
    I have heard many sad stories, it breaks my heart to hear them. It never changes for me, I get very depress to hear other peoples sad stories. I first saw the movie Boys Don't Cry, I loved it but, never gave it much thought, I din't know who Brandon Tenna (Teena Brandon) was. I was just curious to see how the real Brandon looked like, so I went on line and there s/he was, just what I thought! s/he was just as handsome as I thought. After seeing The Brandon Tenna Story I felt very close to Brandon, I don't really anderstand gays and lesbians, I don't even try, they live their lives and I live mine, but Brandon was different, Brandon was just what every women wants, maybe if he had been honest with people things would had been different, I have learned that when you accept yourself others follow. I see all human form to be equal, black, gay's, lesbian's etc... we are the same. It is not up to us to judge anyone, therefore it is not up to us to decide who lives and who dies. Why is it so hard for people to love one-other?? Then I think, was there something else that happened between Brandon, Lana, John and Tom? Or was it just pure evil? John & Tom, what made them decide to kill Brandon? Was it really that bad? A lie is a lie, Brandon's little secret was not a reason to hate him nor kill him, I would have been mad but eventually I would had forgiven Brandon. I hope John & Tom live with this in mind; what goes around comes around. The Brandon Tenna Story is a must see. For anyone who wants to know more about the life and death of Brandon Tenna. For all of those who see this documentary, please ask yourselves, have I judge anyone? Have I ever hated someone so much just because they were different? and think about someone else who may also be thinking the same about you, and if this makes you unhappy then you now know better not to judge or hate others....more info
  • A RACIEST WHITE ... TOWN
    WATCHING THIS VIDEO I FOUND OUT WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE LIVE IN FALLS CITY AND I WOULDNT WANNA GO TO THAT RACIEST TOWN IF MY LIFE DEPENDED ON IT AND I WOULDNT WANT MY KIDS ARE NONE OF MY FAMILY MEMBERS GOING THERE AND THE PEOPLE THAT TOOK BRANDON TEENAS AND THE OTHER 2 PEOPLES LIVES ARE JUST HEARTLESS COWERDS JUST MAKE YOU THINK OF WHAT KIND OF PARENTS THEY HAVE...more info
  • Bodies pictures - Scene crime
    This video is very good, but there was somenthing missing on the movie: pictures of the victims bodies , florences pictures of the crime scene... etc......more info
  • A tough story handled well
    To be honest, my first inclination was to shy away from the Brandon Teena Story because the sales pitch led me to believe it was about homophobia. While I don't consider myself homophobic, I must say the very serious subject matter made me hesitant to view the film. Originally, I'm from a small town and moved to a big city. We had no gay people in my town........that we were aware of.

    After having summoned up my courage.... surprise............I actually enjoyed it and feel it is one of the most important films I've ever seen. The film delicately demonstrated that homophobia, like racism and sexism, is really about hatred. Far from blaming individuals, the Brandon Teena story demonstrates how society teaches people to isolate, hurt and even kill those around them who are different from the mainstream. This larger theme made me think about the ways that I am different from the masses, and it made me realize that people who are different from me don't want special treatment; they just want to live their lives in peace like I do.

    While quite moving, I won't lie and say the Brandon Teena Story was "easy viewing" grappling as it does with hidden and painful issues. The film motivated me, in a non-judgemental manner, to reexamine my values. And it made me wish that my small corner of suburbia hadn't been so 'white bread'. Maybe if I had known more people who were different from me during my childhood, I wouldn't be such a judgmental adult....more info

  • A good documentary of a terrible tragedy
    The fact that there is a documentary about Brandon Teena-a young, working class, transgender person who was murdered in a small Nebraska town in December 1994-shows that there is a significant and growing movement against trans oppression.

    Many transgender people are murdered at the hands of bigots. Trans people have been systematically oppressed by the cops and the bosses for hundreds of years. If we know the names Brandon Teena, Marsha P. Johnson and Venus Extravaganza-all killed by bigots and trans oppression-it's only because of a growing awareness of the lives and deaths of trans people. This is the direct result of a movement for liberation.

    The documentary film, The Brandon Teena Story, produced and directed by Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir, is a respectful and important work. The most unfortunate aspect of the film is the absence of its main character. We see Brandon Teena only through photographs, people's memories, and testimony from the men who raped and murdered him.

    The most painful part of the film is an audio tape of Brandon made by cops as they grilled him about being raped by the men who would later kill him and two others. The cops deliberately waited to arrest the pair until after the murders.

    Brandon's story of transitioning, love, murder and oppression is told thoughtfully by friends and former girlfriends. It was Falls City Sheriff Charles Laux, who publicly exposed Brandon's genetic sex (female), who began the cascade of violence that ended in the triple homicide of Brandon Teena, Lisa Lambert and Phillip DeVine.

    Lampert and DeVine were killed to try to protect the identities of the murderers, John Lotter and Tom Nissen.

    While there is a lot of information about Brandon Teena available to the movement, this film is an important contribution because it exposes the daily oppression transgender people suffer at the hands of bigoted cops and the sexist, transphobic, anti-lesbian/gay/bi system that oppresses us all....more info

  • Sad...
    You know what's really SAD, is that they're deaths could've been prevented if it wasn't for that dumb cop! He sounded like he was excited about questioning her ughhh...sick!...more info
  • An accurate portrayal of events
    Seldom does a documentary film give such depth and background to a story. These filmmakers spent years in the courtroom and with the victims' families as well as the families of the killers. The obvious cooperation of law enforcement, media and members of the community is because of the attitude of Muska and Olafsdottir. They never succumbed to the promotion of the sensational aspects of the crime which prompted some lurid headlines.Without losing their objectivity, they maintained their compassion for all those involved. As someone who spent five years following this case as a reporter, I can vouch for its accuracy....more info
  • Details behind Boys Don't Cry
    It's been a while since I watched this, but I remember it being disturbing on many levels.

    It was painful to listen to the police interviews and imagine what that must have been like for Brandon. Painful to listen to the ignorance. Painful to try to reason why Brandon couldn't find his way out of this situation way before all this came to a head.

    I liked how awkward it sounded/felt when Lotter and Nissen kept calling Brandon by female pronouns, yet most others stuck with male pronouns. I also appreciate that it didn't assume that Brandon would have accepted being called 'lesbian' or 'she' like in "All She Wanted".

    Sadly, the producers/directors/interviewer didn't take the opportunity for educating the general public and clear up the ignorance about trans issues. They also might have better-covered why people end up in situations like this in general, whether it be spousal abuse or staying in a place where there is no potential for growth. Perhaps they could have gotten a psychologist to talk about these type situations.

    But, for the time-frame relative to the general public awareness of trans issues, it was better than I expected....more info
  • Ignorance and prejudice lead to murder
    Even though I knew the story after seeing the movie "Boys Don't Cry", I am glad I saw this video. The facts of the case, especially the actual words that the sheriff used to interrogate Brandon after the rape, were absolutely appalling and display the ignorance and prejudice of the people in the small town of 5000, known for its dead-end jobs and domestic violence.

    Now that I've seen both versions of this story, I must say I preferred Boys Don't Cry with its scripted performance and planned dramatic tension. It also was able to portray some of the more intimate moments with a sense of humor, such as the scene in which he gets a period and steals tampax from a convenience store. Scenes like this are impossible in a documentary of course.

    The strength of the documentary, however, was being able to see the real people, not actors. And real photographs of the troubled Brandon. The realization that this is the truth, not fiction, adds an extra punch or horror to that sickening feeling I felt when I saw the dramatized version.

    If the story intrigues you, as it did me as well as the filmmakers, make sure not to miss this penetrating true look at this horrible crime. Recommended....more info

  • A Heartbreaking Story
    I have viewed The Brandon Teena Story about 5 times so far and I`am always left blown away by it. Brandon Teena was a person who wanted to be loved and accepted for who "HE" is and what he got was raped and killed for it. Its so sad. What really got me was that Sheriff Laux when Brandon reported the rape. This Sheriff didn`t care about Brandon and what happened, all he seemed interested in is the fact that Brandon is a woman underneath the clothing. He asked all those questions to Brandon, questions that were WAY out of line. It seemed as if Laux was getting off on it, it made me sick! Poor Brandon, what he went through. He got rape once physcially with Lotter and Nissen and then he got raped again emotionally by Laux. If it wasn`t for Laux, I believe Brandon would still be alive. Laux should have done his job and arrested Lotter and Nissien when Brandon reported the Rape. He didn`t, now Brandon is dead along with his two friends. Its so heartbreaking. No one should be treated the way Brandon was. Brandon will always be in my heart....more info
  • interesting
    Flushes out the facts presented in BOYS DON'T CRY. Unfortunately, it was shot on cheap video, and looks it. Nonetheless an interesting look at sociopaths: the two murderers, and Teena herself ( forgery is almost a sure sign of sociopathy). Tragic that she got raped and killed, but she was a criminal herself, and this video does not overlook that to the degree the movie does....more info
  • Nice complement to Boys Don't Cry
    I saw Boys Don't Cry first, and because of that, the documentary did a good job of further fleshing out characters and background. I question whether it would be as effective on its own. One thing it does very well is shine a light under the rock to reveal the festering ooze that is life in rural Nebraska. The movie did a good job, but even an independent film glosses up the wretched stupidity on display here....more info
  • The Brandon Teena Story VHS
    The moment I started to watch this video I started to cry, it touched home. It was honest, intense, horribly accurate from the story I know. It showed that justice was not carried out as it should have been, simply because of the hatred of people that are viewed as different, just because they love and live differently. This video is a prime example that shows just how evil people are in small towns, as they are in big cities, still in this day and age. People need to be made aware of the brutality so-called abnormal people have to endure just to live their lives, this video shows injustice and reality, so I give this video a 10++. Maybe someday we can all learn to live together in peace and harmony and leave hate where it should be, in the gutter. A true learning experience. The hard facts are in this video, well done....more info
  • Understanding
    I was reading the other reviews and all of them trash on Falls City. I know that the people in my town were portrayed as white trash and lowlifes, and they really are the worst of the worst. However, judging the entire town by this documentary is unfair. Very few people in Falls City are actually so terrible. And you have to understand that the majority of the town is 60+ years of age, so they came from a different time when gender bending and cross dressing we're ever talked about. I myself am a lesbian and have never been the target of any violence, sure i've heard some insults, but nothing terrible... i just wanted to try to express that you can't judge an entire town by the worst of its population... thank you...more info
  • Chilling, Real-Life Account of a Senseless Crime
    I would highly recommend you watch "Boys Don't Cry" and read Aphrodite Jones' "All She Wanted" before viewing this DVD, because this DVD will have a much greater impact. I was totally blown away watching this film, because I was already familiar with the characters involved in Teena Brandon's life and murder. To see and hear them was quite chilling, especially the interviews from the two killers. It is also sad, because most of the main players interviewed are nothing but unwashed, ignorant, white trailer trash. The women were especially pathetic: most were high school dropouts, teenage mothers with two or more kids, on welfare or in low-paying dead-end jobs.

    The documentary traces Teena Brandon's life, from birth to her horrendous death. The filmmakers did a superb job of setting the stage with visuals and music, giving viewers an idea of the type of place Falls City, Nebraska was: an all-white town composed of blue-collar and uneducated rednecks and hicks. Their idea of entertainment was demolition derbys and tractor pulls, or getting high and/or drunk. For a transgendered person like Teena, Falls City was the wrong place to settle down. To compound matters, Teena fell into the wrong crowd of people as well, a decision that would ultimately prove tragic.

    In addition to interviewing the main players, the filmmakers interviewed the parents, relatives, prison inmates and former girlfriends, who provided valuable insights into Teena's life and her killers. You knew from the start that Teena's story was not going to end happily; her history of petty crimes followed her from Lincoln to Falls City, and set off a series of events that led to her demise. Transgendered activists were interviewed, as well as other law enforcement people who were horrified by the senseless killings by the two low-life punks.

    I recommend this DVD to all, especially those interested in true crime, the Teena Brandon case or in transgender studies....more info
  • Disturbing
    I liked this Movie...BUT..It was very disturbing to me, That this actually happened to this poor Girl! It left me a little disheartened By How we treat people who are different. The story is slow at times..But A good rent!...more info