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The Sound of Identity

Directed by: James Kicklighter

Runtime: 90 min

Year: 2020

Country: USA

Rated: Not Rated

Language: English

Film Type: Documentary

Post-film Q&A with subject Lucia Lucas and director James Kicklighter, moderated by 2021 Damn These Heels Director of Programming Ash Hoyle.

The Sound of Identity profiles international Opera star Lucia Lucas’ historic performance at the Tulsa Opera and lifts the curtain as she becomes the first known transgender woman to perform a principal role in Opera history.

The Sound of Identity captures Lucia Lucas on the cusp of international stardom, profiling the moment in an artist’s career when everything could fall apart or come together. Showcasing the collaborative process between Lucas and her mentor, prolific and renowned composer Tobias Picker, Mozart’s Don Giovanni comes to life as Lucas, a world-renowned baritone, takes the spotlight and all the pressures that come with it.

Taking place at the height of her career, Lucas provides fresh insights into her transition, the professional risk she is taking, and what it means for those who follow. Exploring the role that identity plays in our personal and professional lives, the film provides a nuanced look at voice and gender.

Official Selection:

2021 Hollywood Film Festival
2021 Tokyo International Film Festival

Tuesday, March 22 @ 7:00 PM

Online |

Limited Time Streaming

Available to stream March 22-28, 2022 or until all tickets are reserved, whichever happens first.


Restrictions: Restricted to viewing within the US

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