Is it a boy? Is it a girl? What if it’s neither? This award-winning documentary explores the world of the intersexed (formerly known as hermaphrodites) — those born with any one of 30 conditions that make their gender ambiguous. Presenter Mani Bruce Mitchell — New Zealand’s first ‘out’ intersex person — and director Grant Lahood had to travel overseas to find interviewees who would talk freely. They discuss living in a society with a binary view of gender which, at best, has made them all but invisible; and, at worst, has subjected many to damaging “corrective” surgery.
I remember once playing with something like a girly toy and my mum said “You’re not supposed to play with girly toys”, so I said “Hey? Why Not?” and my mum said “We’re supposed to raise you as a boy”.– Peter Trinkl (interviewee)
Made with funding from NZ On Air