The Most Dangerous Year

90min • NR


Lark Theater Fri, May 10 2:45 PM
Lark Theater Sat, May 11 7:00 PM
Lark Theater Sun, May 12 10:45 AM
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Lark Theater Tue, May 14 8:30 PM
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Film Info
Event Type:Movie
Release Year:2019
Genre:Documentary, Civil Rights, LGBTQ
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Vlada Knowlton
Produced By:Vlada Knowlton, Lulu Gargiulo
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What happens when a community stands up for its civil rights?

In early 2016, when a dark wave of anti-transgender “bathroom bills” began sweeping across the nation, The Human Rights Campaign published a report identifying 2016 as the most dangerous year for transgender Americans. In Washington State six such “bathroom bills” were introduced in the State Legislature. Documentary filmmaker Vlada Knowlton captured the ensuing civil rights battle from the perspective of a small group of embattled parents as they banded together to fight a deluge of proposed laws that would strip away the rights of their young, transgender children. As one of the parents, Knowlton presents an intimate portrait of her own struggle to protect her 5-year-old transgender daughter from laws inspired by ignorance and fear.

From tension-filled Senate hearings in Olympia to intimate household settings of the families involved; from thought provoking conversations with key lawmakers to elucidating facts explained by leading scientists - The Most Dangerous Year explores the transgender civil rights battle in all its richness and complexity. While the film follows the story and outcome of anti-transgender legislation in Washington, the heart of the film lies in the stories of the families who made the decision to accept and support their kids for exactly who they are.


“Intensely makes its case effectively.”

— The New York Times

“Humble, yet deeply moving documentary...What makes “The Most Dangerous Year” so beautifully effective is its representation of these loving, proud families who choose to stand up for the humanity and humane treatment of their children — and the politicians who listen.”

— Los Angeles Times

“Movingly told...powerful documentary, which makes the valuable point that this is a civil rights issue...”

— The Hollywood Reporter