Amidst a crisis in the Episcopal Church over gender and sexuality, Rev. Christopher Fike negotiates the fall-out from his gender transition while balancing his life as a priest, social worker and single parent in this Amy Gattie film.

You might expect a documentary about a transgendered Episcopalian priest to be a marathon of soul-searching, with its subject obsessing painfully over the implications of his life’s path. Instead, this terrific bio fixes the identity of the Reverend Christopher Fike (formerly Sarah) in his efforts to take care of everybody else – from his two teenagers, who suffer from (respectively) bipolar disorder and a neurological imbalance, to the members of his congregation, many of whom have deep developmental disabilities. The Rev. Fike’s transition from female to male is depicted mostly as a hurdle he’s had to help others get over so he could concentrate on the business of loving them. Yet for all his boundless wisdom, filmmaker Amy Gattie doesn’t reduce him to some feel-good fantasy of the Magical Trans. She simply portrays him as smart, funny and compassionate – just the kind of outwardly unlikely but eminently qualified shepherd God loves to pick. Watch with great joy.

Orlando Weekly, review of Global Peace Film Festival screening

For me, the film is a powerful tool to spark conversations around gender, orientation, and sexuality and how these identities intersect with religion, socio-economic status, mental health, and family dynamics. Also, the film is accessible for people of all knowledge backgrounds. It shows that trans people are more than just their trans identity as well as the way trans identity is infused into various aspects of our lives. Chris’s story is truly human and engaging, in that it shows both the challenges and the triumphs of transitioning. To transition is not a one-time event but an ongoing journey.

Delfin Bautista, MSW, MDiv. and Director, LGBT Center at Ohio University
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