Lisa, Anne, Dennis, Lashawn and Selm are gender benders. They don’t fit into the binary gender categories, they are »nothing and everything«, with all the contradictions that arise from this. Sophie Dros finds out how the five protagonists deal with curiosity and rejection of their environment, how they struggle for acceptance, while pursuing their goals and dreams. In an unagitated and open-hearted style, Genderblend approaches its theme and the different temperaments of his protagonists. Their testimonies and reflections are supplemented by style-conscious visual stagings that aesthetically accomplish what is still in its early stages as a social development: an open, playful and empathy-based handling of the diverse identities that exist beyond binary gender norms.
» The world exists of opposites: black or white, rich or poor, high or low educated. Man or woman. But what if you don’t t in when it comes to your gender? What if you don’t feel like a man or a woman? We are living in a generation where people who can’t or won’t conform to either gender poles, find it hard to navigate. The inbetweeners are also called gender fluids. But aren’t we all a little gender fluid? Or at least different enough to not be labelled the same. This film tells us the story of people who change their appearance to match their feelings on the inside. Together they tell one story. The story about all of us.«
– Sophie Dros
Awards for ›Genderbende‹
Debut Award of the City of Utrecht – Netherlands Film Festival
Sophie Dros makes documentaryfilms, shorts, and commercials. She finds a special visual narration in documentary crucial and believes that documentary is more than finding interesting characters or subjects: form and content must meet in order to keep the film challenging to her and her audience. Sophie Dros’ short film Rubber Romance won Best Dramatic Short at Cinekink New York, while My Silicone Love received the Audience Award at the Keep and Eye Festival in Amsterdam. Genderbende is her debut feature.
Filme von Sophie Dros
What’s a Gender? 2015 | My Silicone Love 2015 | Rubber Romance 2014 | OP=OP 2013 | Leven zonder Tranen 2012