Film Review: Breaking Barriers: A Critical Examination of Transgender Representation in Media through Disclosure


  • Jessica Rivera


Directed by Sam Feder, Disclosure (2020) is a groundbreaking documentary on Netflix that provides a comprehensive sociological analysis of the symbolic annihilation of transgender individuals in film and television. Symbolic annihilation refers to the underrepresentation or misrepresentation of a particular group in media, reinforcing stereotypes and limiting the visibility of that group. Through a combination of historical context, critical analysis, and personal narratives, the film sheds light on the harmful and inaccurate representations of transgender people in mainstream media, as well as the broader societal implications of these portrayals.