Boy I Am
Boy I am is a documentary film about trans-men about to undergo top surgery. It is co directed by Samantha Feder and Julie Hollar and was first screened at NewFest the NY LGBT Film Festival in June 2006.
The film follows three young trans men as they transition FTM. Nicco, Norie and Keegan talk about their experiences and their feelings about their impending surgeries.
The film is mostly interviews with the three along with friends and family members of the three, lesbians, activists and theorists expressing their own opinions and impressions on the three personally and the concept of Gender reassignment surgery (female-to-male).
From their website:
While female-to-male transgender visibility has recently exploded in this country, conversations about trans issues in the lesbian community often run into resistance from the many queer women who view transitioning as a "trend" or as an anti-feminist act that taps into male privilege. Boy I Am is a feature-length documentary that begins to break down that barrier and promote dialogue about trans issues through a look at the experiences of three young transitioning FTMs in New York Cityâ€”Nicco, Norie and Keeganâ€”as they go through major junctures in their transitions, as well as through the voices of lesbians, activists and theorists who raise and address the questions that many people have but few openly discuss.
In this film, three young transitioning trans men in New York City - Nicco, Norie and Keegan- navigate major milestones in their transitions, talking about everything from their relationships with their bodies, feminism, and the intersection of race and class in relation to their transgender identity. Their stories are illuminated using interviews with lesbians, activists and theorists who raise the controversial issues and questions that are discussed within the queer and feminist communities but are rarely talked about anywhere else. Illustrating these struggles and stories as intertwined with queer and feminist struggles, BOY I AM presents an empowering story of queer resistance that challenges all viewers to rethink their concepts of activism and identity.
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