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As a dark wave of anti-transgender bathroom bills began sweeping across the nation, The Human Rights Campaign called 2016 the most dangerous year ever for transgender Americans. Filmmaker Vlada Knowlton captured the ensuing civil rights battle from the perspective of a group of embattled parents - including herself and her husband, parents of a young trans girl -- fighting to protect their children from discriminatory laws in their home state. While Knowlton passionately follows the story of anti-transgender legislation, the heart of the film lies in the stories of the families who accept and support their kids for exactly who they are.


  • Huddle Morris Blakefield
  • Joe Fain
  • Cyrus Habib
  • Kevin Hatfield
  • Meghan Hebert-Trainer
  • Laurie Jinkins
  • Tiffany Dolmseth Kelly
  • Aidan Key
  • Erika Laurentz
  • Kristina Olson

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Apr 25, 2019

Although The Most Dangerous Year sometimes gets bogged down with explainers, it’s a powerful educational tool and empathy-building story.

Metacritic review by Katie Walsh
Katie Walsh
Los Angeles Times
Apr 12, 2019

At times, The Most Dangerous Year gets bogged down with its extensive footage of hearings about various bills and ballot initiatives that, however pertinent, inevitably come across with a C-SPAN dullness. But that's a minor quibble about this powerful documentary, which makes the valuable point that this is a civil rights issue and that the arguments being put forth about transgender people sound much like those promoting segregation decades ago.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Apr 11, 2019

“Trans women are women, too. And need to pee, JUST like you!” Whatever else Knowlton’s film captures, and no matter what its shortcomings in setting and balance, etc. (misspelled graphics on sources of data, for instance), “The Most Dangerous Year” can be appreciated for that simple explanation.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation