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Transexuality

Still Juggling Gender, Still Bearded

Features Miller 15 years after the original documentary, discussing changes in her life and in society. Coney Island side show : Includes scenes of Circus Amok performances. A film by Tami Gold. 2008. 27 min.

Tales of the Waria

This film follows a community of transgender women in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country, as they search for romance and intimacy. Uncover a world that not only defies our expectations of gender and Islam, but also reveals our endless capacity as human beings to search for love -- whatever the consequences. Written, produced and directed by Kathy Huang. c2011. 56 min.

The Blank Point: What Is Transsexualism?

Examines the widely misunderstood nature of transsexuals--people who psychologically identify with the opposite sex and who sometimes decide to undergo sex reassignment surgery--and offers meaningful insights into this rare condition. The program focuses on two male-to-female transsexuals and one female-to-male transsexual. The subjects candidly discuss their old identities, the transition to their new lives and the scientific and psychological process that enables them to change genders. c1990. 58 min.

The Brandon Teena Story

Documentary film about Brandon Teena, who arrived in rural Falls City, Nebraska, in 1993 where his charm won him several friends in town. But on Christmas Eve Brandon was brutally raped and beaten, and then, a week later, murdered along with two other people, when his friends became enraged when they discovered that he was actually a woman. This is a tale of Brandon's coming of age struggle with identity and how his gender ambiguity induced feelings of betrayal, confusion and hostility among residents of a town in America's heartland. A film by Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir. 1998.

Transexual Menace

A documentary countering the TV image of transexuals (or "trannies") as they call themselves as hopeless self-deluded freaks. The director intercuts medical footage with little-known facts, e.g., "almost 50% of trannies are female to male, though they are much less visible." Most telling are interviews with the trannies themselves, along with the healthcare professionals who help them through the process that's grueling for some and surprisingly simple and immediately rewarding for others. A film by Rosa von Praunheim. Originally produced for television, 1996. 62 min.

Transgeneration.

This eight part television series follows four American college students over the period of a year as they prepare for gender reassignment. Faced with life-altering choices such as whether or not to take hormone therapy or undergo sex reassignment surgery, these four individuals discuss their lives, their hopes and setbacks, as they deal with varying reactions from family, friends and society. Directed by Jeremy Simmons. Originally aired as a five-hour, eight-episode series on the Sundance Channel in 2005. 300 min.

Venuz Boyz.

Venus Boyz takes the viewers on an extraordinary journey into the universe of female masculinity. Filmed in New York City and London, this eye-opening documentary uses the performances of drag kings - as a starting point into the topic of transgendering. Written and directed by Gabriel Baur. 2004. 103 min.

XXXY

A portrait of two individuals born with ambiguous genitalia that calls into question the medical practice of gender assignment surgery of intersex infants and children. A film by Porter Gale, Laleh Soomekh. 2000. 13 min.

You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men.

Provides honest and riveting portraits of six men who once were women. Through their commentaries and the experiences of partners, friends, and family emerges an unforgettable story of self-discovery. Produced and directed by Candace Schermerhorn and Bestor Cram. 1997. 58 min.

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