It Gets Better

Contains violence, sexual references and offensive language

Mai Dai Kor Hai Ma Rak Dir: Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, Thailand, 103 mins, Thai with English subtitles

Three intertwined stories take a candid, empathetic look at Thai ladyboys’ quests for personal, family and community acceptance – and their achievement: it really does get better. Cosmopolitan and glamorous, middle-aged transwoman Saitarn finds herself out of place in a rural village; a young boy is forced into a monastery after his father finds him dancing in his mother’s clothes; and expat Tonmai discovers that his late, estranged father has left him a ladyboy cabaret in Pattaya. Gorgeous scenery, spectacular performances, and entertaining club routines complete a portrait of transgender lives rediscovered and redeemed.