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Watch Award Winning Documentary ONE IN 2000

“One in 2000 shows that truly effective care for intersex people means recognizing that there are many paths to health and happiness and that the real experts on intersex are the people themselves.” —Thea Hillman, Intersex Author

“Fabulous-real, relevant, scientific, personal, and important… it should be offered in every medical school.”   — Jan Schwartz, Educational Psychologist

Released in 2006 (Polyvinyl Pictures, LLC), One in 2000 is one of our favorite #intersex documentaries. It features our very own Hida Viloria, along with fellow U.S. intersex activists David Cameron, Lynnell Stefani Long, Thea Hillman, Sean Safia Wall, and others, and was ahead of its time, discussing not just nonconsensual infant genital surgeries, aka IGM (Intersex Genital Mutliation), but also broader intersectional issues of race, gender, sexuality and identity which we still warrant greater discussion today. We thank filmmaker Ajae Clearway for her work, advocacy and vision with this film, and highly recommend it.

You can view the film here, and read its description, below:

Each year an estimated one in two thousand babies are born with anatomy that doesn’t clearly mark them as either male or female — with what is known as an intersex condition. It’s a situation that’s hard to talk about; it challenges our preconceptions about how things are “supposed” to be.

This provocative documentary demystifies the issue of sexual difference. At a time when five babies a day in the United States are having “gender reassignment” surgery, it argues that there is little evidence that such surgery is beneficial to the child. The program profiles several people born with ambiguous sexual anatomy, who have managed to deal with some very difficult family and social issues, but today are living “ordinary” and productive lives. It also includes a young mother who is matter-of-factly creating the conditions for her intersex baby to do the same.
Interweaving their stories with educational films from the 1950’s, ONE IN 2000 invites us to take a serious second look at how the media have dealt with sexual “normality.” It will be an invaluable tool for educating and sensitizing parents, young people — and many in the medical community as well.
ENJOY! And if you do, please share widely. Thank you!


Watch Outstanding New Zealand Documentary INTERSEXION

Watch Outstanding New Zealand Documentary INTERSEXION

If you haven’t caught it yet, the New Zealand intersex documentary Intersexion (Ponsby Films, 2012) is a must see, and now it is available online on Vimeo! It speaks with a diverse group of intersex community members from around the world to explore the human rights violation of nonconsensual, medically unnecessary “normalizing” surgeries — a.k.a. Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM)… Continue Reading

Watch Hermaphrodites Speak! the first intersex documentary

Watch Hermaphrodites Speak! the first intersex documentary

“The problem is not with the [intersex] child, the problem is with the attitudes towards the child.” — Hida Viloria, 1996 “I know, from my experience of my very own body… the really wonderful sensitivity that I had before surgery, in terms of genital sensation, and the tremendous orgasms that I had before… so it’s… Continue Reading

E.D. Hida Viloria in the Groundbreaking GENDERNAUTS

E.D. Hida Viloria in the Groundbreaking GENDERNAUTS

  Gendernauts is the groundbreaking, multi award-winning 1999 documentary by German filmmaker Monika Truet, which shows us a group of artists in San Francisco who live between the poles of conventional gender identities, including ICE’s own Hida Viloria. The New York Times review of the film, after it’s February 4, 2000, United States premiere at Manhattan’s Cinema Village, had this… Continue Reading

Intersex Doc Orchids: My Intersex Adventure screens at film fest

We thank and congratulate Phoebe Hart for making this fantastic documentary film and wish we could attend the screening! Orchids: My Intersex Adventure traces Phoebe’s journey as an intersex person with humor, intelligence, sensitivity and depth which belies her age– bravo for intersex-made art! Continue Reading

Watch Trailer for intersex documentary Intersexion (2012)

Intersexion is an award-winning New Zealand documentary by Cannes Film Festival award winning director Grant LaHood (2012). It is narrated by New Zealand first “out” intersex person, activist Mani Mitchell, who consulted LaHood on the documentary, and features OII intersex American activists Hida Viloria, Dani Lee Harris, and Jim Costich, former OII Australia President Gina… Continue Reading

Cardiff’s LGBT short film award the Iris Prize is also open to intersex filmmakers

DESPITE its intersex-excluding LGBT acronym, the Iris Prize for short films is also open to intersex filmmakers and is valued at £25,000. May we suggest to the Prize organizers that they signal their apparent intersex inclusion loud and clear by using the intersex-inclusive LGBTI acronym? You know it makes sense and it will help attract more… Continue Reading

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