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Photos of Angie
Producer: Alan Domínguez, David Domínguez & Jennifer Warren
55 minutes
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Photos of Angie

In 2008, 18 year-old, Mexican-American Angie Zapata was found dead in her small apartment in Greely, Colorado. The media quickly reported that she was a typical teenager – she loved using her cell phone, babysitting her nephews and nieces, and listening to music. What was not reported was that Angie was born as Justin. That same year, there were 44 reported murders of transgender persons worldwide and the United States Congress was beginning to debate whether or not to include sexual orientation and gender identity in the federal hate crime law. Angie’s case was the first time the murder of a transgender person was successfully prosecuted under hate crime laws in the United States.

A haunting documentary, PHOTOS OF ANGIE, winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Long Beach Q Film Festival, tells the story of Angie Zapata and her loving family. This film contains footage of the murder trial, and interviews with anti-violence activists and Angie’s family. Divided into five chapters, PHOTOS OF ANGIE shows how Angie’s simple life ended at the hands of a mysterious man whose true nature was finally revealed during the trial.

PHOTOS OF ANGIE is part of the Queer Essentials Collection.
"What makes PHOTOS OF ANGIE unique is that this story doesn’t end with just another court case, but boldly goes where others leave off, exploring the transphobia of the killer himself and the culture that surrounds and supports it. PHOTOS OF ANGIE tells the complete story of what motivates this violence, providing more accurate and compelling insight that may one day help bring these crimes to a stop." - Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival
"A powerful documentary... PHOTOS OF ANGIE explores the passage of hate crimes legislation in the United States while telling Angie's story of self-discovery." - Max Gouttebroze, GLAAD Blog
"Alan Dominguez's incredibly touching film relates the joyous outcome of the first court case to successfully apply Colorado's hate crime law to a transgender issue: Angie's killer was found guilty on all counts and put behind bars for life. It's since become a landmark case, a model for others to follow. The film is a remarkable tribute to Angie." - Doug Rule, Metro Weekly

• Best Documentary, Long Beach Q Film Festival, 2011
• Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival, 2011
• Breckenridge Festival of Film,2011
• Denver’s Cinema Q Film Festival, 2011
• NewFest: the New York LGBT Film Festival, 2011
• Estes Park Film Festival, 2011
• San Francisco Latino Film Festival, 2011
• Atlanta’s Out on Film, 2011
• Festival Internacional de Cine en Puebla, 2011
• ImageOut Film Festival, 2011
• Tampa Bay Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2011
• Reel Affirmations Film Festival, 2011
• Boulder PFLAG, 2011
• Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2011
• The Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, 2011
• Trans Film Series, Toronto, 2011
• Out in the Desert Film Festival, 2012
• Human Rights Film Festival, University of San Francisco, 2012
• Melbourne Queer Film Festival, 2012
• Torino GLBT Film Festival, 2012
• XicanIndie Film Festival, World Premiere, 2011
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