Films about intersex

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Intersex, in humans and other animals, describes variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, "do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies".[1][2] Intersex is a part of nature and that is reflected in some representations of intersex in film and other media.

Documentary films about intersex[edit]

Hermaphrodites Speak![edit]

Hermaphrodites Speak! (1995) is a 30-minute documentary film from the United States in which several intersex people at the first retreat of the Intersex Society of North America discuss their lives and the medical treatment and parenting they received.


In 2000, Porter Gale, Masters in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University,and Laleh Soomekh, produced XXXY, a documentary revealing intersex individuals' and medical professional's opinions on the surgical procedures done on them, while providing a medical professional's opinion as well. The film clearly shows the dissatisfaction and the painful repercussions for the children who went through sex reassignment surgeries.[3]

One in Two Thousand[edit]

One in Two Thousand (2006) produced by Ajae Clearway features intersex individuals and their experiences with surgeries, and advocates for informed consent. [4]

Orchids, My Intersex Adventure[edit]

Australian documentary filmmaker Phoebe Hart directed an 2010 autobiographical documentary of her personal experience as an intersex person. It explores the various social scenarios faced by many intersex individuals.


Grant Lahood's 2012 documentary follows Mani Bruce Mitchell of Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (ITANZ) as s/he visits intersex people in America, Ireland, Germany, South Africa and Australia. It was awarded the Best Feature Documentary award at the Documentary Edge Festival, presented by . The film was directed by Grant Lahood. The film

Fiction films about intersex[edit]


A 1970 Swedish-Danish drama film.[5] It is based on the novel Drottningens juvelsmycke by Jonas Love Almqvist and features one of Swedish literature's most enduringly popular characters, the eponymous androgyne Tintomara.


The 2007 Argentine film XXY centres around a young intersex person assisted in presenting as a girl by medication. The film deals with discrimination, sexuality and gender identity.


A 2005 US/Peruvian film in English, Both by filmmaker Lisset Barcellos, won an audience award at the 28th Créteil International Women's Film Festival.[6][7] The movie is unusual for being a film about an intersex issue directed by an intersex person.[8]


A 2011 musical comedy, written and directed by J.B. Ghuman Jr. in which a frizzy-haired, pink-cheeked outcast named Spork tries to navigate her way through junior high.


A 2014 Australian science fiction thriller film, directed and written by Michael and Peter Spierig. The film is based on the Robert A. Heinlein short story "All You Zombies".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Free & Equal Campaign Fact Sheet: Intersex" (PDF). United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Domurat Dreger, Alice (2001). Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex. USA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-00189-3. 
  3. ^ "XXXY". Berkeley Media. 
  4. ^ "One in 2000". Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tintomara (1970)". British Film Institute. 
  6. ^ Both (2005), Internet Movie Database.
  7. ^ "Palmarès". Créteil International Women's Film Festival. 
  8. ^ "The Taboo Of Intersexuality". Hartford Courant. November 3, 2005.