In The Turn, by award winning filmmaker Erica Tremblay, is a documentary about a 10-year-old transgender girl who finds acceptance and empowerment in the company of a queer roller derby collective.
Growing up in rural Canada, Crystal is tormented at school by teachers and peers alike. She faces daily assaults in the form of insults and physical altercations and the pain she endures takes a toll on not only her self-esteem, but also on the emotional stability of her family.
After being denied the right to join local athletics teams due to her gender, Crystal and her mom serendipitously discover the Vagine Regime, an international queer collective of roller derby players comprised of people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and identities.
The film weaves together Crystal’s story as she and her family struggle against the challenges of prejudice, hatred and ignorance with the broader narrative of the evolution of roller derby from a niche sport into a social movement with strong roots in the LGBTQ community.
The Vagine Regime not only accepts Crystal, but actively supports her journey. Crystal emerges from exclusion into empowerment: she steps out of the shadows and onto the track.
More about the filmmaker
Erica Tremblay is an award-winning filmmaker based in Boston where she works as a producer for the creative agency Digitas. She is the co-founder of Homespun Pictures and her films have been featured on PBS and the Independent Film Channel. In 2012, she received the Emerging Filmmaker award at the Kansas City Film Festival for her documentary “Heartland.” Erica is enjoying her 9th season of roller derby with the Boston Derby Dames.