- Director: Michael Del Monte
- Writer: Michael Del Monte
A gentle giant, a body-builder, power weight-lifter...and, a trans*woman.
The most startling thing about this documentary is...the honesty. And...the acceptance [of her transition] by her sons.
There's been much talk [lately] regarding toxic masculinity, there's no place more masculine than a [serious] gym...yet, there seems to be not an ounce of toxicity on show.
Candid and refreshing as it is, Tranformer will make you think a little bit deeper...and, hopefully, you will come to the same conclusion...if no harm is done, then: Be who you want to be! Be who you are!
Janae Marie Kroczaleski is - most definitely - not the stereotype...which makes her an ideal role-model. A position she fills with gentility. Many could take a leaf from her book: Be true to yourself.
A life affirming film...thankfully, without any toxicity!
In the summer of 2015, former US Marine and world record weightlifter Matt 'Kroc' Kroczaleski was publicly outed as being transgender. The reaction was universal: her sponsors abandoned her, she was disowned by her parents, banned from competing, and she changed her name to 'Janae'. This film follows Janae as she attempts to find her place in society. Initially wanting to strip off the muscle and become a much smaller looking woman, she found herself unable to lose the muscle she so desperately gained. She now finds herself living one day as an alpha male and the next day as a delicate girl. Will Janae be able to handle her muscle relapses? Will her passage from being a male bring her the peace she's looking for? Will society accept a 250lbs muscular woman? Is her path personal redemption or physical and psychological disaster?