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Becoming Me: The Gender Within 2009

Highly Recommended

Distributed by Films Media Group, PO Box 2053, Princeton, New Jersey 08543-2053; 800-257-5126
Produced by Mary Ann Watson
Director n/a
DVD, color, 40 min.

Sr. High - Adult
Gender Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Lesbian and Gay Studies, Transgender

Date Entered: 12/02/2010

Reviewed by LaRoi Lawton, Library & Learning Resources Department, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

Becoming Me, introduces the viewer to five adults, two male-to-female transgendered women and three female-to-male transgendered men. These five adults with their families, partners, and children talk about the multifaceted issues they face individually and collectively as transgendered adults. What you see and witness is not only their willingness to speak candidly about their experiences, and concerns but ultimately an open discussion about their future as individuals living across America.

Films for the Humanities and Sciences are no stranger to social issues and a great deal of political, cultural, and intellectual work has been carried out under the transgender rubric since the early 1990s. The subject matter here is controversial, honest, personal, and candid. I found this film extraordinarily informative about the transgender population that exists here in our country. They are human, and want the very same things many of us have and even want as well. “Life, as they see it, liberty, because it is their right, and the pursuit of happiness, because it is what they want-just like the rest of us.”

Viewable/printable instructor’s guide (56p) is available as item #40695 on the website.

Telly Award Winner