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2022 DOC NYC Festival – Grand Jury Prize Winner
“A deeply affecting exploration of a secret chapter in LGBTQ history… Complex and riveting… [A] sharp and tender documentary…” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Lovingly crafted… Brilliantly, a nearly lost chapter of queer history has been delicately excavated… vividly brings the past to life through crackling archival footage, incredible photographs, and the golden memories of those who first found themselves there.” – IndieWire
“Fascinating… A remarkable documentary… Casa Susanna is not only a work of historical sociological importance, but also a sensitive nostalgic film…” – Cineuropa
In the 1950s and ‘60s, an underground network of transgender women and cross-dressing men found refuge at a modest house in the Catskills region of New York. Known as Casa Susanna, the house provided a safe place for them to express their true selves and live for a few days as they had always dreamed—dressed as women without fear of being incarcerated or institutionalized for their self-expression. Told through the memories of those whose visits to the house would change their lives, the film provides a moving look back at a secret world where the persecuted and frightened found freedom, acceptance and, often, the courage to live their lives out of the shadows.
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