Rosa von Praunheim portrays Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, the most famous transvestite from the former GDR, in a winning mix of documentary and feature film.
Charlotte's mother is weak and in need of support. Charolotte's lesbian aunt is the only one who shows her any understanding. When Charlotte, humiliated and tormented by her father, knows no other way out, she kills him.
Despite all this, Charlotte survives the turmoil of the war unscathed and lives her life. She builds her own museum, the only private museum in the former GDR, and fights to fulfill her dreams and ideas - in pleated skirt and smock apron.
Rosa von Praunheim tells the almost unbelievable life story of a warm-hearted, gentle person, a courageous outsider, an undying fighter.