Southern Comfort

Director in Person
Directed by Kate Davis.
With Robert Eads, Lola Cola.
US, 2001, digital video, color, 90 min.

Harvard alum Kate Davis finds a truly fascinating subject in Robert Eads, a transsexual, self-proclaimed hillbilly living in a trailer in the back hills of Georgia. Dying of ovarian cancer after being rejected by two dozen doctors who fear the harm a transsexual patient might bring to business, Robert begins a relationship with fellow transsexual Lola Cola and struggles to make it to another “Southern Comfort,” one of the nation’s largest annual gatherings of transgendered people. Treating its subject in a refreshingly matter-of-fact way and avoiding sensationalism, Southern Comfort stands out as one of the best films to broach the often uncomfortable subject of transsexuality.

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