An intimate and touching film about the world’s only transgender bodybuilding contest
Man Made takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men (who like the film's director were born and raised female), take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta, GA). Man Made is a character-driven, intimate, and riveting verité-style competition film, but also a unique social justice narrative. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally.
The strength on display in Man Made transcends the physical: Rese is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness; Dominic seeks out his family of origin, confronting an alternate history for himself; Kennie admits to himself and his loved ones who he is for the first time in his life; and Mason, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works daily to be the man he's always wanted to be - on both the inside and out. We follow these subjects' emotional and physical journeys as they navigate lives as the men they are, despite very real risks inherent in the current social and political climate. For the men of Man Made, it's not about winning - it's about being seen.
T Cooper / 2018 / USA / 93 min / English
We are thrilled that Junk River will join us for the night and close off the season with a concert! Junk River tells intimate stories embedded in moving and lively folk. The honest and beautiful lyrics describe what it's like to survive depressions and wait at the gender identity reception room. The music consists of elegant guitar and accordion melodies interlaced with rambling bass lines and catchy drums.
Let's write trans activist history together! The initiators behind Transaktivism, a project that was born from a wish to create a broader representation of trans activist stories and to have the trans activist history in Sweden gathered and freely available, will also join us. They will tell us about their project and give you the opportunity to contribute to thier project by sharing your trans activism stories with them.
DJ:s of the night will be B2B DJ Like a Girl x DJ MORT-MOI who have played at Smålands Nations LGBTIQA+ Klubb Unicorn among other places.
Looking forward to seeing you!