Grant Lahood / New Zealand / 2012 / 68 min.
Statistics suggest that more than one child in every 2,000 is born without a clear gender. From the 1950s, operations were carried out to “correct” such children so that they corresponded to female or male. Despite this – or because of it – intersex children grow up with a sense of abnormality. Others only discover their differentness in puberty and then undergo surgery and hormonal treatment. The consequence is often intimacy issues or a long search for gender identity and personal happiness. The filmmaker belongs to an active group of intersexual people who discuss their stories with ever-greater openness. People from several continents offer their testimonies. All have spent their lives coming to terms with the fact that they do not fit into a dichotomy of genders, or have had to correct the fatal decisions others have made for them. The film is critical of the medical field’s reductive approach to gender. Given that the incidence of intersexuality is frequent, the subject matter is by no means marginal, but is rarely discussed.