I am a Woman Now

*Docaviv (Tel Aviv, Israel)
* Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Greece)
* One World International Film Festival (Czech Republic)
* Seoul Human Rights Film Festival (SHRFF) (South Korea)
* Torino GLBT Film Festival (Italy)
* Inconvenient Films Documentary Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania)
* Merlinka - International queer film festival (Belgrade, Serbia)
* Netia Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema (Kraków, Poland)
* Frameline (San Francisco, USA)
* Outfest - The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (USA)
* OutView Film Festival (Kalithea, Greece)
* Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
* Vox Feminae Festival (Zagreb, Croatia)
* Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Australia)
* Sommerblut Kulturfestival! (Köln, Germany)
* London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (UK)
* Inside Out - Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival (Canada)
* Brave Festival Film (Wroclaw, Poland)
* Docs Against Gravity Film Festival (Poland)
* Divergenti International Transgender Film Festival (Bologna, Italy)
* Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival (USA)
* Oslo/Fusion - LGBT Film Festival (Norway)
* Rainbow Film Festival (Telford, Shropshire, UK)
* OUTeast Film Festival (Halifax, Canada)
* Mardi Gras Film Festival - QueerDOC (Sydney, Australia)
* Manaki Brothers International Film Festival (Skopje, Macedonia)
* Reel Q - Pittsburgh International LGBT Festival (Monroeville, USA)
* identities. Queer Film Festival (Vienna, Austria)
* Slovak Queer Film Festival (Bratislava, Slovakia)
* QDoc - Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival (USA)
* Damn These Heels LGBT film festival (Salt Lake City, USA)
* Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival (USA)
* Vrouwendag (Brussels, Belgium)
* Independent Cinema Office (ICO) (London, UK)

* Frameline - Honorable Mention for Outstanding Documentary

I Am A Woman Now

Category |History, Human Interest, Sexuality, Social Issues, Women
Year |
Country | The Netherlands
Running time | 86’ - 52'
Format | HD
Production | De Familie
Director | Michiel van Erp

Starting in 1956, people who wanted to have a sex change operation could go to gynecologist Georges Burou in Casablanca - without having to undergo any psychological assessment. Filmmaker Michiel van Erp asks some of these pioneers, all old women now, if the choice that they made back then has changed their lives as they had hoped. How did the outside world react to this first generation of transsexuals?

A charming Belgian woman is eternally grateful to Burou, who passed away in the late 1980s. She will always keep her operation a secret from any possible partner - for her, that's part of the deal.

A stately British woman, who became a star in Paris after her transformation, still encounters rejection - and loneliness: "Once you get white hair, you seem to disappear."

A German woman agrees: "At the time, I never imagined being an old lady. That wasn't part of the fantasy." She was a married manthe opportunity for the operation arose. "I found myself looking at a shop window wondering what I'd look like in that dress. Then I realized: this is never gong to go away."

Van Erp visits significant places and people with these and other ladies, and they reflect on their eventful lives with the help of old photographs and home videos.