Southern Comfort tells the story of Robert Eads, a 52 year old female-to-male transsexual living in the back hills of Georgia who is, in his own words, ‘ a hillbilly and proud of it’. The documentary follows the last year of his life, after a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. We see him being turned away by over two dozen doctors who fear that taking on a transgendered patient could harm their practice. Also during this period, Robert falls in love with Lola, a male-to-female. The voices in this film are not only rarely heard, they are commonly thought not to exist. A rare blend of humour, romance and tragedy, this is the first film to intimately tell a trans-to-trans love story, set against a disturbing tale of gender bias as it unfolds before the camera.
U.S.A., 2000.Colour.90 mins.