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Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You

Albuquerque’s Rusty Tidenberg, auto mechanic and drag-racing aficionado, shocked friends and family by coming out as trans. Followed for eight years by filmmaker Harrod Blank, Rusty guides us through the aftermath of her transition, as growing acceptance among her straight-talking Southwest community still doesn’t ease her romantic and professional woes. A sensitive and unpredictable love letter to people who fight to be unapologetically themselves.

Trailer editor: Shirley Thompson

Directed by Harrod Blank with Sjoerd Dijk

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