Daniela Vega in a scene from Sebastian Lelio's Oscar-winning feature "A Fantastic Woman."
Photo courtesy of the Berlin International Film Festival
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SANTIAGO: Everything seems to make Daniela Vega smile: her transition from male to female, her family's unwavering support and her rise from hairdresser to actress with the backing of Chilean director Sebastian Lelio, who won the Oscar for best foreign film. In "A Fantastic Woman," Vega plays Maria, a transgender woman confronting discrimination and rejection by the family of her deceased partner. Friends and acquaintances describe Vega as an ambitious woman, determined to go far in her career and one who throws herself fully into her work.Vega has not changed identity or gender on her passport because this is barred under Chilean law.Chilean rights groups have expressed hope that the Oscar for "A Fantastic Woman" and the mounting global recognition for Vega will help the bill's passage.
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