Ecstatic lipsynching in downtown bars is a far cry from Donna’s Baptist upbringing in San Jose; now in her seventies, her estranged siblings haven’t even seen her in a dress.

Donna is offered a chance to co-write a play about an overlooked episode in queer history, the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, in which transgender women Donna knew stood up against police harrassment. She writes a character to be played by a young transgender activist. Praised for her writing and emboldened by her new friends, she heads out of the city to meet her sister Gloria…

This intimate and uplifting film is beautifully observed by director Jay Bedwani and features mesmerising moments recalled by Donna in her emerging writer’s voice. Donna is a film that shows the strength that can be drawn from your community and proves: it’s never too late to find your métier and truly blossom.

Genre: Documentary

Welsh Connections

Director/Cinematogrpahy/Sound: Jay Bedwani
Producer: Dewi Gregory
Production company: Truth Department
Post production: in Wales by Dragon Digital and Meteor Studios
Supported by: Ffilm Cymru Wales, Arts Council Wales (Wales Arts International)
Funding: Creative Wales (Welsh Government)

Production Details

Music: Antoine Bedard
Editors: Alice Powell, Anne de Mo

Technical Details

Length: 75 mins
Format: DCP, Blu-ray
Certificate: Uncertified
Language: English


Date: July 15th 2022


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Distributor: Bohemia Media
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