REEL AFFIRMATIONS: Washington DC’s International LGBTQ+ Monthly Film Series
In Celebration Of Transgender Awareness Month
My Emptiness and I
98 Mins/Spain/Spanish and French (with English subtitles)
Written and Directed by ADRIÁN SILVESTRE
After moving from France to Spain, Raphi fantasizes about romances with princes and about starting a traditional family. However, her situation looks nothing like that in reality. She works in a call center in Barcelona, struggles with dates that often turn embarrassing, and is diagnosed by her therapist as having gender dysphoria. We follow this trans woman as she makes her transition during this essential, if confusing, period. We see her in her everyday life, as she talks candidly with colleagues, queer friends, and the men she meets through apps. Despite all the advice she receives, it turns out that it is mostly time and experience that will help her embrace her place in this world.