‘Framing Agnes’ Tells the Stories of Trans Lives Past and Present in Inventive, Captivating Documentary

“Framing Agnes,” a documentary about transgender women and men who were interviewed in the 1960s as part of a ground-breaking UCLA gender health research project, is one of the most captivating documentaries I’ve seen in quite a while.

Directed by Chase Joynt, the doc uses the relatively well-known case of “Agnes,” a trans woman who worked the system to her advantage in order to receive surgeries that were usually denied to transgender patients, as a jumping off point.