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Casa Susanna

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An essential chapter in emerging trans identity, Casa Susanna was a place where transgender women and cross-dressing men found refuge together in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Deep in the American countryside, Casa Susanna provided a safe haven for guests to live for a few days as they had always dreamed. Told through the memories of those whose visits had changed their lives – including Australian trans trailblazer and icon Katherine Cummins. This documentary provides a moving look back at a secret world where many found freedom, acceptance and, often, the courage to express their true selves outside the shadows.

Content warning: contains discussions of suicide

Australian Premiere

  • US Competition Grand Jury Prize, DOC NYC 2022

“Very well constructed, directed and edited, Casa Susanna is not only a work of historical sociological importance, but also a sensitive nostalgic film.”


About Casa Susanna
  • Community

    Bisexual Women Lesbian Transgender Women
  • Director

    Sebastien Lifshitz
  • Cast

    Katherine Cummings Diana Merry-Shapiro Betsy Wollheim Gregory Bagarozy
  • Producer

    Muriel Meynard
  • Company Credits

    Courtesy of: Agat Films – Ex Nihilo
  • Program Strand

  • Blurb Writer

    Boden Evans
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