changing the game

a film by Michael Barnett

USA, 91 mins.

* Sponsored by Pride Alliance of Columbus, Inc.

Michael Barnett’s dynamic documentary takes us into the lives of three transgender high school athletes — all at different stages of their athletic seasons, personal lives, and their unique paths as transgender teens. The film features Mack Beggs, an athlete who made headlines when he became the Texas state champion in the girls’ wrestling championship, twice. “I am a man,” Beggs says. “I don’t want to wrestle females — all I’ve ever wanted to do was wrestle men.” The film also features two other trans athletes: Andraya, a track star in Connecticut, and Sarah, a skier and teen policymaker in New Hampshire. “Would it be fair to tell somebody that you have all of the rights and privileges of a given gender except in this one situation?” one athlete asks. “Either you do or you don’t.”