Doc follows one woman’s search for understanding during gender transformation

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The Cinematheque is set to present the Vancouver premiere of Is She or Isn’t He?, the 2011 documentary film that follows one woman’s five-year search for understanding and self-acceptance during her gender transformation.

Frames of Mind Presents Is She or Isn't He?Graham grew up as a small town boy who always felt like a girl. Desperate for acceptance, he decides that his only path to “normalcy” is to become a woman named Ashleigh. Director Justin Pemberton’s film documents Ashleigh’s years of transformation as she takes female hormones and lives full-time as a woman. However, unable to afford gender reassignment surgery, Ashleigh’s inner conflict and confusion are revealed by her insistence that she’s neither gay nor a transgender, but a “normal” heterosexual woman.

A post-screening discussion will take place with Dr. Chris Booth, Clinical Director at the Maples Adolescent Centre and clinical instructor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, and Gwen Haworth, Vancouver-based queer, transgender filmmaker and educator. Haworth’s 2007 documentary She’s a Boy I Knew explored the impact of her gender transition on her parents, sisters, best friend, and wife. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor in UBC’s Department of Psychiatry.

Is She or Isn’t He? is presented as part of The Cinematheque’s Frames of Mind film series is a co-presentation with the UBC Institute of Mental Health that utilizes film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

Frames of Mind Presents Is She or Isn’t He?
The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
Wednesday, December 19 @ 7:30pm

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