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I Am a Woman Now


Since the 1950s, gender-affirming surgery have been available in Casablanca. These trailblazing operations were as rare as they were risky; the patients were not required to undergo any kind of psychological assessment beforehand. Filmmaker Michiel van Erp asks five pioneering trans-women (including famed British socialite April Ashley) if their experiences of womenhood matched their expectations at the time of their transition. What have their lives been like since and how did the world react to this first generation of transsexuals?


  • Variety
    "Van Erp... casts a respectful and sensitive eye on his protagonists throughout"
    Boyd van Hoeij
  • Penn State University
    I Am a Woman Now is an important look at gender and the early days of sexual reassignment. It is a documentary that is important in understanding life after a sex change and that life goes on and takes many directions. Suitable for studies in sociology, gender studies and queer studies. An essential film when looking at sex changes and gender reassignment.

Festival Participation

  • Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival - 2012
    Honorable Mention for Outstanding Documentary
  • Lighthouse Film Festival
  • Dallas Asian Film Festival
  • Bergen International Film Festival
  • Brisbane International Film Festival
  • IDFA - 2011
  • Tales from Planet Earth
  • Asiatica Film Mediale

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