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Director: Robyn Symon
During a nasty divorce, Butch, the 67 year-old Jewish macho and homophobic owner of a South Florida auto-wrecking company hides from the law, as a woman, setting off a twisting tale of discovery. Naming herself after her two idols - Gloria Estefan and Gloria Steinem - she decides to remodel herself in much the same way Butch once lovingly restored his old cars. As a senior citizen, she undergoes a risky sex change operation, becomes a dominatrix then a transgender activist, finds, love all while trying to reconcile with her dysfunctional family. While it has a twisting plot and lots of humor, Uncle Gloria is an important film about letting go of labels and accepting people for who they are regardless of their gender expression. With the cultural spotlight on gender rights and specifically transgendered people, this film couldn’t be timelier.