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She's a Boy I Knew2007

  • 3.5
  • passes the bechdel test
Filmmaker Gwen Haworth turns her camera on her family for this down-to-earth grassroots documentary that follows her transition from male to female over the course of several years. This thoughtful film is less a detailing of surgeries and more a meditation on family ties, a mapping of the transitions that take place within blood relationships, friendships and love over a time of great personal transformation. Through one-on-one interviews and animation, Haworth gives plenty of space for her mother, father, sisters, wife and best friend to tell their stories and share their reactions to the ongoing process of her transition. Their words are at times painful to hear, but the sheer honesty of Haworth's family in recounting their fear, anger, understanding and support provides an exceptional snapshot of one family's journey in coping with change and learning to love Gwen as she is, much as she learns to do the same.

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A supportive family, many friends and a wish to change from a man to a woman causes dramatic and often gut wrenching moments for Gwen who directed and wrote the movie. Her objectivity astounds because she is convinced that the audience is curious but still seeks distance from Gwen's pain. Instead of squirming in your seats, the movie answers our questions. An excellent film that portrays a heroic side to her achieving a new life.

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A supportive family, many friends and a wish to change from a man to a woman causes dramatic and often gut wrenching moments for Gwen who directed and wrote the movie. Her objectivity astounds because she is convinced that the audience is curious but still seeks distance from Gwen's pain. Instead of squirming in your seats, the movie answers our questions. An excellent film that portrays a heroic side to her achieving a new life.

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It was an interesting documentary.