What to watch: Donna
Directed by Jay Bedwani, Donna is an intimate and candid portrait of the inspiring trans activist, artist and performer, Donna Personna. It follows her journey to live authentically as herself and to reconnect with her family.
Donna Personna first hit the stage with the legendary Cockettes. Lip-syncing in San Francisco’s downtown bars was a far cry though from Donna’s Baptist upbringing in San Jose and her conservative family.
The documentary begins when Donna is offered a chance to co-write a play about an overlooked episode in queer history, the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, in which trans women stood up against police harassment. Praised for her writing and emboldened by her new friends, she heads out of the city to be reunited with her sister, Gloria.
Donna is a film that shows the strength that can be drawn from your community and proves that it’s never too late to find your voice.
Donna is distributed by Bohemia Media