The Pearl. 2015. USA. Directed by Jessica Dimmock, Christopher LaMarca. 94 min.
Dimmock and LaMarca's debut feature documentary is an intimate portrait of a group of trans women supporting and sustaining each other while occasionally arguing over generational and political fault lines. Some, like Nina, realized their sexual identity only in middle age; others are younger and ready to articulate their ideological and personal position in the world. The Pearl observes but never judges, creating a safe space via careful—but never over-aestheticized—camerawork that belies the directors' shared background as photographers.