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Janet Jackson backs transgender documentary

The pop star (pictured) will executive produce and conduct interviews for Truth, a documentary feature that promises to take viewers on "a visually innovative, cerebral journey through the lives of trans- and non-gendered people around the world, and their epic struggle for equality."
June 6, 2012

Pop star Janet Jackson (pictured) is to executive produce a documentary feature about the trials and tribulations of the global transgender community.

Entitled Truth, the film will be directed by Robert Jason and begin production this summer. Jackson will also conduct interviews for the film.

According to The Advocate, the film is billed as “a visually innovative, cerebral journey through the lives of trans- and non-gendered people around the world, and their epic struggle for equality.”

“All people are very important to me,” Jackson said in a statement. “I’ve been fortunate to make friends and learn about very different lives. Truth is our small chance to ask that you try and understand someone who lives their life in a way that is a little bit different from yours, even though all of our hearts are the same. We want to stop the hate and find understanding.”

Jason added: “This film will highlight landmark mainstream stories and provide a glimpse at others that will change the gender landscape of the world forever.

“Just as it is hard to believe that there ever was a time when different components of society were required to use separate drinking fountains, it is as incredible that one’s gender expressions remains such a target for discrimination.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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