I am a Woman Now 0+

Michiel van Erp, NL 2011, original version / English and Czech subtitles, 86 min
I am a Woman Now

When it comes to the discussion of transgender, the focus tends to be on young people who either are preparing to have sex-change surgery or recently have undergone the process. In this film, Dutch director Michiel van Erp looks at the lives of older transsexuals who had operations in the 1960s and ’70s. Through personal testimony, photographs and footage from personal archives, viewers gain insight into the surgery’s pioneer years. The mysterious Dr. Bura carried out ground-breaking operations at a clinic in Casablanca, where young outcasts came to start a new life. Five transsexuals are featured in van Erp’s documentary. For some, the operation was a solution; for others, it was the beginning of a journey of self-discovery. Not one person regretted it, especially after years of fighting prejudice and the euphoria that followed the sex change. But … not one person thought about what life would be like as an old lady.

 

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