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Intersexion
The first question any new parent asks... "Is it a boy or a girl?" But what happens when doctors cannot answer that question? One baby in 2,000 is born with genitalia that is so ambiguous that no-one can tell if the child is male or female. In this groundbreaking documentary,…
Gender Trouble
In this lyrical and moving documentary, four intersex women tell their stories with astonishing bravery and candour. Set against beautiful yet unsettling backgrounds of organically transforming family photographs, orchids and topiary gardens, Melissa, Mary, Barbara and Sara speak openly about hermaphrodism and the secrecy surrounding their conditions and lives. More…
Forrest Bess: Key to the Riddle - One of America's Most Eccentric and Visionary Artists
Painter, fisherman, visionary, eccentric - Forrest Bess lived his life in obscurity, at an isolated bait camp off the East Coast of Texas. From 1949 through 1967, Bess showed at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York City along with artists like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. But Bess' art…
My Whole Self - Microaggressions and Gender
A documentary film about microaggressions and gender featuring six unique voices from the Pacific Northwest at various intersections of age, race, gender, ethnicity, and social class. MY WHOLE SELF shows how friendship and dialogue, humor and intelligence, allow women to succeed despite the implicit bias against them even in a…
Presenting Lisa: A Journey to Authenticity
Meet Larry. At birth, his sex could not be physiologically-determined, so doctors told his parents to choose their child's sex. As his parents struggled with the decision, Larry briefly lived in the "space between" - as both a boy and a girl. Ultimately, against their 5-year-old's will, his parents elected…
The Sweetest Sound
In The Sweetest Sound, Alan Berliner (the filmmaker from New York) is tired of being mistaken for people who might share his name and decideds to rid himself of the dreaded Same Name Syndrome. His solution: invite all the Alan Berliners in the world over to his house for dinner.…
Voices of Muslim Women from the U.S South - Growing up Muslim the Southern United States
A documentary that explores the Muslim culture through the lens of five University of Alabama Muslim students. The film tackles how Muslim women carve a space for self-expression in the Deep South and how they negotiate their identities in a predominantly Christian society that often has unflattering views about Islam…
The Grace Lee Project - Deconstructing an Asian-American Stereotype
When award-winning Korean-American filmmaker Grace Lee was growing up in Missouri, she was the only Grace Lee she knew. As an adult, however, she moved to New York and then California, where everyone she met seemed to know "another Grace Lee." But why did they assume that all Grace Lees…
I Am the Queen - A Celebration of Chicago's Puerto Rican Transgender Community
In Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, the Vida/Sida Cacica Pageant brings together members of the Puerto Rican community to celebrate its transgender participants. I AM THE QUEEN follows Bianca, Julissa and Jolizza as they prepare for the pageant under the guidance of Ginger Valdez, an experienced transgender from the neighborhood. These…
Tokyo Idols - A Fascinating Look at Sex & Gender in Japan
This festival favorite documentary gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity. This ever growing phenom is told through Rio, a bona fide "Tokyo Idol" who takes us on her journey to fame. We meet her "brothers", a group…
My So-Called Enemy - Celebrating Diversity, Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding
A coming-of-age film about the vital role of listening and empathy in bridging bridges across personal, cultural, religious, political and gender divides. In the spirit of Michael Apted's "7 Up" series, the award-winning "My So-Called Enemy" follows six courageous Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls who participated in a cross-cultural women's…
Warrior One - Empowering At-Risk Teen Girls
Follow a diverse group of teenagers -- many whom are immigrants in families at or below the poverty line -- as they develop a new sense of pride and inner strength, inspired by the physical and emotional challenges they overcome. This Wellfit Girls program is the chance of a lifetime…