Araujo documentary to screen Saturday – By Chris De Benedetti, Staff writer

Transgender filmmaker made movie about Newark homicide victim

WHAT: Documentary film “Trained in the Ways of Men”

WHEN: 7:45 p.m. Saturday and 4:45 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose

INFORMATION: (408) 995-5033 or

When Shelly Prevost began the transformation from male to female 10 years ago, some of society’s doors painfully slammed shut for her.

Prevost, who has five children and five grandchildren, often had volunteered as a youth group leader and soccer coach. But suddenly she no longer was allowed to do those duties.

Those experiences made the transgender Fremont filmmaker keenly aware of the struggles faced by Gwen Araujo, a Newark transgender teen who was killed in 2002. So Prevost began following the Araujo court case, which has resulted in “Trained in the Ways of Men,” a 98-minute film about the 19-year-old’s tragic story. The movie will have its world premiere Saturday at Cinequest, San Jose’s 17th annual film festival.