How an Academy Award helped secure transgender rights in Chile

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Women's and gender studies, Social issues

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Updated / Wednesday, 23 Oct 2019 16:34


In the long history of the Academy Awards, only four Latin American films have secured the coveted Oscar statuette for Best Foreign Language Film. The Official Story won in 1986, The Secret in Their Eyes took the award in 2010, A Fantastic Woman was honoured in 2018 and Roma was this year's winner.

While all these films have certainly profited from winning the top prize for a foreign language film, A Fantastic Woman has gone one step further. Hollywood's recognition of this Chilean film gave a decisive push to the Gender Identity Law in Chile, which had been under discussion for five years.