Wednesday, June 21st
1:30PM – 3:30PM
AMERICAN FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
Woman on Fire, directed by Julie Sokolow. In February 2015, the Village Voice heralded the arrival of “New York’s Bravest”: Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. As a third-generation firefighter, Brooke has a passion for heroism that runs in her blood. Her father, George, is a respected lieutenant and 9/11 survivor with a 35-year legacy in the FDNY, and people always asked Brooke if she would follow in his footsteps. But when Brooke transitions from male to female in her father’s workplace, it poses a challenge not only to a macho profession, but to the customs of the people she cares about the most – her traditional family. (WP, 2016, Documentary/Biography LGTBQ, 1 hr. 30 min., NYC, USA)
Woman on Fire is "just what a great social awareness doc should be — equal parts heartwarming and infuriating." - The Village Voice
"Woman on Fire is a moving portrait of a New Yorker who’s never been afraid to run where she needs to go, regardless of the dangers that might be waiting for her on the other side." - IndieWire
Woman on Fire's subject Brooke Guinan is "a superhero for the 21st century". - Salon
Total run time: 1 hr. 30 min. Audience Q & A with filmmakers. Hosted by Stella Pascall.