“Real Boy” is an intimate story of a family in transition. Directed by Shaleece Haas, the documentary follows 19-year-old Bennett Wallace, a transgender teen musician, as he navigates sobriety and the transitioning process. His journey is juxtaposed with that of his mother, who struggles with his decisions and is unsure of her ability to accept and support him.
On Wednesday, May 24, KPCC In Person and PBS SoCal presented a screening of “Real Boy” followed by a conversation with KPCC’s Leo Duran, Bennett Wallace, filmmaker Shaleece Haas, Suzy Reinke (Wallace's mother) and Drian Juarez (program manager, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project).
KPCC In Person and PBS SoCal – working in conjunction with Indie Lens Pop-Up – present documentary films as a way to seed conversations with community members who bring unique and relevant insights to the subjects covered in the films.