Films about intersex

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

Hermaphrodites Speak!

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

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

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


Grant Lahood's 2012 documentary Intersexion follows Mani Bruce Mitchell of Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (ITANZ) as they visit 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 General Was Female?

The General Was Female?, a 2019 film about American Revolutionary War General Casimir Pulaski which asserts that he was intersex.

Fiction films about intersex


Ponyboi is a USC Graduate thesis film written and directed by River Gallo. It follows a young intersex runaway in New Jersey, looking for love in all the wrong places.

After running away from home, Ponyboi (a disarming and troubled high school drop out) now works at Bubble-Land Laundromat—a grungy 24-hour establishment on the wrong side of town. To make ends meet he hustles as a sex-worker within the laundromat. He works with Vinny (his manager, pimp, and Eminem-wannabe) and Angel (Vinny's glamour-trash girlfriend).

Ponyboi is a your typical Jersey boy; he loves Bruce Springsteen, the Jersey shore, and a well-rolled blunt. And like all Jersey boys, Ponyboi dreams of getting the hell out of Jersey. However, he believes the only way to do that is by meeting his Prince Charming.

Ponyboi's life changes on a lonely Valentine's day night, when a debonaire cowboy whom he's dreamed about visits him in the laundromat. Through this enchanting encounter with the man of his dreams (literally), Ponyboi discovers that perhaps he is worthy of breaking free from his past and leaving his dead-end life behind.[5]


Tintomara, a 1970 Swedish-Danish drama film.[6] 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 Mystery of Alexina

The Mystery of Alexina, a 1985 French film based on the story of Herculine Barbin.


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.[7][8] The movie is unusual for being a film about an intersex issue directed by an intersex person.[9]


Spork, 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.


Predestination, 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".

Being Impossible

Being Impossible, or Yo, imposible is a 2018 Venezuelan-Colombian film about a woman who has never felt like she fits in and whose intersex identity has been hidden from her in a Venezuela that doesn't talk about deviance and a religious family that enforces strict gender roles.

See also


  1. "Free & Equal Campaign Fact Sheet: Intersex" (PDF). United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 March 2016. 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. Archived from the original on 2017-02-08.
  4. "One in 2000". Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  6. "Tintomara (1970)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2012-10-19.
  7. Both (2005) Archived 2015-04-08 at the Wayback Machine, Internet Movie Database.
  8. "Palmarès". Créteil International Women's Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06.
  9. "The Taboo Of Intersexuality". Hartford Courant. November 3, 2005. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014.
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