- World Premiere
Special Programs < Taiwan: Movies on the Move, Classic and Contemporary >
Born to be Human
Director: Lily NI (倪曜)
2021｜Taiwan｜105min｜Language: Mandarin｜Subtitles: English, Japanese, Traditional Chinese
|3/11 Thu||18:15||ABC Hall|
|3/14 Sun||13:00||Umeda Burg 7: Theater7|
- Lily LEE (李玲葦)
Vera CHEN (陳雪甄)
YIN Jau Der (尹昭德)
Alice LEE (李璇)
YANG Shi-Nan (Lily LEE) is a 14-year-old boy who undergoes a metamorphosis without realising what is going on. It begins on a normal school day when he gets stomach cramps. After rushing to the toilet he notices that his urine is turning bloody red. Taken to a doctor he is diagnosed with “Disorders of Sex Development,” or intersex. Without consulting him, Shi-Nan’s parents decide to accept “sex reassignment surgery”, turning Shi-Nan into a female and changing her name to YANG Shi-Lan. The family moves to a new city to start a new life and it all seems to be going well as Shi-Lan blends in and even makes friends. It seems like the butterfly is about to break out of its chrysalis but can YANG Shi-Lan truly embrace her transformation?
This is the question that the film dangles in front of audiences as it shows them Shi-Lan’s feminisation whilst also keeping them aware of society’s discrimination and ultimately playing on the idea where a person’s identity is taken out of their hands and the psychological effects it can have on them.
Director Lily NI (倪曜)