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Josi Victoria: a complicated masquerade

Riveting and honest, this bio-doc showcases the life and transition of Josi Victoria from alpha male to beautiful female.
As Greg, Josi grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She enjoyed a stellar junior football career with the Saskatoon Hilltops (Canadian Champions in 1986) and later earned Canada West All-Star honours with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (1988). Josi began her firefighting career in Moose Jaw before moving to Vancouver in 1994 where she rose to the rank of Fire Captain at the Coquitlam Fire Department. In 2015 Josi announced her retirement from the department and came out as a woman. She had her sex reaffirmation surgery in 2016. Josi currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Ken Dalgarno
  • Josi Victoria
    Key Cast
  • Ken Dalgarno
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 2 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
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  • Regina International Film Festival
    August 17, 2017
    Canadian Premiere
    Shortlisted for Best Canadian Documentary
  • Creation International Film Festival
    May 19, 2018
    Ontario premiere
Director Biography - Ken Dalgarno

Dalgarno is a Canadian visual artist and author. He has exhibited his paintings and photographs across Western Canada and parts of the U.S. His recent book "Badlands: a geography of metaphors" was released internationally in 2014. This is Dalgarno's first film documentary.

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Director Statement

I played football with Greg in high school and watched in admiration as his football career continued with the Saskatoon Hilltops and the U of Saskatchewan Huskies. To me Greg was a man's man who epitomized masculinity. He played football and rugby at a high level and later became a firefighter in Vancouver. When Greg announced his transition to a woman on Facebook I was completely taken aback. So much so, I contacted Josi and she agreed to allow me to document her story.