Janet Jackson to Produce a Documentary on Transgender People
By Alex Panisch
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Triple-threat Janet Jackson has signed on to be the executive producer of Truth, a documentary about the lives of transgendered people across the globe. The film, directed by Robert Jason, will begin production this summer.
Truth is described as “a journey through the lives of trans- and nongendered people around the world and their epic struggle for equality.”
Jason believes that Jackson’s influence on the project will be invaluable. “Janet Jackson will take us on a visually innovative, cerebral journey through the turbulent lives of transgendered people of all ages around the world and their epic struggle for equality.” The director continues, “This film will highlight landmark mainstream stories and provide a glimpse at others that will change the gender landscape of the world forever. Just as it is hard to believe that there ever was a time when different components of society were required to use separate drinking fountains, it is as incredible that one’s gender expression remains just such a target for discrimination.”
In a statement released to the media, Jackson says, “All people are very important to me. I’ve been fortunate to make friends and learn about very different lives. Truth is our small chance to ask that you try and understand someone who lives their life in a way that is a little bit different from yours, even though all of our hearts are the same. We want to stop the hate and find understanding.”