I am intersex (Director’s cut)

Talking about gender topics has never been easy. It is an intricate issue per se as it implies several biological and cultural aspects and it is often surrounded by ideological preconceptions.

Talking about intersex is even more challenging as on top of the mentioned difficulties, the word itself – let alone its challenging dynamics – is virtually unknown by the vast majority of the public.

Preproduction challenges:
We came up with a script that in our eyes was delicate, poetic and clear enough. But what about in everyone else’s eyes? To find an answer to this we involved Fifth Beat, a research and design studio that created a focus group with people from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. After some adjustments based on those newfound insights, we were ready to animate.

A traditional approach:
We wanted to tell the inspiring story of a family that everybody could identify with and we wanted to convey a vivid feeling. It came natural to opt for traditional animation techniques as they would have allowed us to give a more authentic life to the characters and ensure a human touch behind the production.

A special voice over:
The heartfelt voice you here in the video is form Pidgeon Pagonis, artist and leading intersex activist from the States. You can find more on Wikipedia and on Pidgeonismy.name.

Our favourite part of the video:
The father that stops the intimidating doctor armed with a scalpel, hurray!