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I Am a Girl!

Produced by Albert Klein Haneveld
Joppe (13) is a beautiful girl, trapped in a boy's body. She has a crush on Brian. What can she do?

Overview

Genre
Personal Doc, Social Issues, and Human Rights
Synopsis

Every 13-year-old girl dreams of that nice, but hard-to-get, boy. And Joppe is no different, consulting her friend on how to ask Brian out. But just how should she tell him that she was born a boy? From a very early age, Joppe - then still called Jop - liked to wear dresses and wigs and play with Barbie dolls. Jop also preferred to be addressed as a "she" rather than a "he." Halfway through the last year of elementary school, she decided to ask her classmates to consider her a girl from then on. "It really isn't a huge problem", she says. "It doesn't dominate your life, although you are confronted by it every day." Nevertheless, this brave teenager won't let anything stop her. With a striking amount of self-confidence, Joppe explains how puberty blockers and female hormones work and how she copes with her emotions.

Stage
finished
Running time
15, 0 or 0 minutes

Credits

  • Susan Koenen ... Director, Editor, Writer, Researcher
  • Reinout Steenhuizen ... Cinematographer
  • Bouwe Mulder ... Sound
  • Denise JanzĂ©e ... Co-Editor
  • Joppo in de Grot ... Color Grader
  • Sonic Picnic ... Sound Designer
  • Jelle Peter de Ruiter ... Commisioning Editor
  • Albert Klein Haneveld ... Producer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Hollandse Helden
Country
Netherlands
Years of Production
2010
Locations
Venray, The Netherlands

Distribution Details

Release year
2010
Festivals
90 festivals worldwide, e.g. IDFA, LA Filmfest, WWSFF Toronto, Cinekid, New York Int'l Children's Film Festival, Taiwan Children's Filmfestival, Lunafest USA and many more
Awards
Best Documentary Short (LA FILMFEST), Panasonic Award (WWSFF), Best Documentary Short (TranScreen), Teresa Pellati Award (OzU Film Festival Italy), Audience award ages 12+ (NYICFF), Education Award and Dodie Spittal Award (Picture this Film Festival CAN)
Distribution
Hollandse Helden, NCRV, NPO Sales
Broadcast (Prod.)
NCRV
Broadcast (Acq.)
Mediafonds
Language
Dutch
Subtitles
English

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