Video of the Day: “NOVA” and Why We Tell Our Own Stories

“The stories aren’t a part of them. It’s not part of their culture.”

“NOVA” is a film about a trans woman of color navigating the world in NYC. In the trailer, we meet the main character Nova who is presented first and foremost as human before her trans identity or Black womanhood. The plot twists and turns as she has a core group of trans sisters for support, while she navigating dating, friendship and an HIV scare.

This powerful narrative has nuance, depth, and empathy throughout the plot line. It is an incredible example of what can happen when LGBTQ people own the ways in which our stories are told. “There are certain nuances that get missed when stories about trans people aren’t told by trans people,” Nayala Moon told Huffington Post. “The stories aren’t a part of them. It’s not part of their culture.”

“I want to push the boundaries of how trans characters are shown in the media.  Having realistic and sometimes complex transgender characters humanize this marginalized groups to other groups of people who haven’t necessarily encountered us in their day-to-day life.”