WEEK 8: American Reflexxx

American Reflexxx 14mins 3secs

American Refluxx showed me how ignorant, stupid, and heartless some people are in this world. I was absolutely shocked to see the kind of behavious exhibited in this documentary. I always knew this world had many messed up people, but this pushed the limit. Amercan Reflexxx, directed by Alli Coates, follows Signe Pierce, an Americna artist and performer, through the streets of north Carolina, but with a twist. In this documentary, she wears a reflecisve face mask and is dressed in a short blue dress and high heels. Because of her garb, it’s difficult for onlookers to see whether she’s a cis female or trans female. The reaction from the general public was absolutely ridiculous. She was met with slurs, manhy people were calling her a man, people were invading her personal space and sexually assaulting her, some threw items at her, and approaching the end of the documentary, a grown woman pushed her down causing her to burst her knee. It’s crazy that this reaction by the public was created all since they thought she was born a male and not an actual female. It shows how illogical people react when they fear the unknown. The film, in terms of its technical aspect, adopted a cinema verite approach, so the entire film was shot on one camera and literally just followed Signe around town, capturing people’s reactions to her. The film in the end explored gender perception and its relation to violence in America, whereby many people tend to discriminate against, physically and verbally harm people in the LGBT community, especially those who are gender fluid and transgender. What however gave this documentary an edge, or a more eccentric finish, was the experimental approach to the post production creativity, more specifically sound and editing. The film’s editing was jarring, with many flashes and quick cuts as well as animated words often flashing across the screen. This was complimented with what I’d like to call inserts of “house” music, which sounded pretty much like how I would imagine someone on drugs would hear the music. The music used at the beginning and end of the documentary was a pop/hip-hop song called Blurred Lines, and it was extremely slowed down to give a quite eerie effect. Initially, I found that the editing and sound could have been a bit more toned down, but after evaluating the documentary, it reflected the world she was in and probably how many, not only trans, but lgbt people on a whole feel when they’re discriminated on a daily. In summation, I was indeed pleased with this documentary as it opened my eyes to how small minded and cruel some people in the world can be. Sometimes I’m so much in my head and expect people to do the right thing that I forget that there are some truly disgusting people out here in this world.

 

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