Woman on Fire
DIRECTOR: Julie Sokolow
SATURDAY OCTOBER 8 11:30 AM THE GRAND CINEMA
Washington State Premiere
In February 2015, the Village Voice heralded the arrival of â€śNew Yorkâ€™s Bravestâ€ť â€“ Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. As a third-generation firefighter, Brooke has a passion for heroism that runs in her blood. Her father George is a respected lieutenant and 9/11 survivor with a 35-year legacy in the FDNY. People always asked Brooke if she would follow in her fatherâ€™s footsteps. But when Brooke transitions from male to female in her fatherâ€™s workplace, it poses not only a challenge to a macho profession, but also to the customs of the people she cares about the most â€“ her traditional family. Meanwhile, Brookeâ€™s boyfriend of two years, Jim, struggles with to come out to his family. A wise-cracking Air Force veteran, Jim still hasnâ€™t told his mother that Brooke is a transwoman. Brooke and Jim realize that having the life they want means being vulnerable in the face of judgment. As we watch the couple buy a house together and consider marriage, we reconsider what it means to be man and woman, gay and straight, traditional and nontraditional. A heartfelt portrait of change in the American family and workplace, Woman on Fire is a testament to love, courage, and loyalty.