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Directed by: Silvia Chiogna
Runtime: 68 min
Year: 2014
Rated: Not Rated
Language: German
Subtitles: English
Film Type: Documentary

Enlightening and entertaining, Mirco addresses the complexity of living an authentic gender-queer life straight on. Director Silvia Chiogna seeks to expose the challenges gender-queer people face in performing even the most basic everyday activities.

“Sting operations” and staged interactions featuring the director and her main subjects expose society’s fixation on pronouns and the dichotomy in the perspective on male/female gender identities.

As we watch how fluidly the people in the film transform from male to female and then back again, the need for labels begins to disappear, and the viewer is able to connect with the subjects on a deeper level. These endearing characters appear in candid interviews that expose their personal frustrations and coping mechanisms for achieving what some have described as the new wave in gender-neutral equality. Their unwavering determination to be viewed as whole human beings and not be defined by a set of chromosomes raises a crucial question: why does society feel the need to classify people according to their genetic makeup, rather than their individual, unique characteristics?

Official Selection: 2015 BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival

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