In 2005, filmmaker Larry Tung approached Pauline Park about doing a documentary about her life and work. Over the course of the next three years, the two collaborated on the film, traveling to Milwaukee and Chicago to shoot footage for the 32-minute documentary.
“Envisioning Justice: The Journey of a Transgendered Woman” tells the story of Pauline Park, tracing her life from her birth in Korea and her adoption by European American parents. In the summer of 2006, Park and Tung went back to the south side of Milwaukee to visit the house where she was raised, the first time that she had been inside her childhood home since 1981; they also visited the elementary school, junior high and high school that she attended in her youth. The documentary traces her childhood and adolescence in Milwaukee to her first coming out, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and then her experiences living in London and attending the London School of Economics. The film then examines Park’s activism, including her work with the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) and hr leadership of the campaign for passage of Intro No. 24, the transgender rights ordinance enacted by the New York City Council as Local Law 3 of 2002. “Envisioning Justice” concludes with interviews with friends, family and colleagues and candid reflections life and love from Pauline Park herself.
The documentary ultimately premiered at NewFest (the New York LGBT Film Festival) on 15 June 2008 and then made its West Coast premiere at the historic Castro Theatre on June 23 as part of Frameline – the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Since then, “Envisioning Justice” has been screened at numerous film festivals, including:
The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) (8.6.2008)
Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival (5.7.2009)
The documentary has also screened in venues ranging from colleges and universities to churches and community centers:
Queens Pride House (a Center for the LGBT Communities of Queens) (1.9.2009)
Lehman College (City University of New York) (3.26.2009)
All Souls Unitarian Church, Manhattan (4.5.2009)
Southern Connecticut State University (64 Days of Nonviolence) (4.13.2009)
The Long Island GLBT Community Center (Transgender Voices & Visibility Series) (5.9.2009)
The documentary has also been favorably reviewed on-line:
Lincoln Madison (Film Queen Reviews, 6.23.2008)
For more information about the documentary, contact Pauline Park (through the contact page on this website) or Larry Tung (through the contact page on his website):