Phoebe Hart was born genetically male, but due to what is now known as Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, did not develop any male characteristics. Her parents raised her as a girl and buried the details until she was a young adult coming out of a confused and tumultuous adolescence. Phoebe and her sister Bonnie set off across Australia together seeking to shed light on the poorly understood minority of intersex individuals.
During this journey, Phoebe and Bonnie interview several intersex individuals across all spheres of life. Through this experience they are forced to confront the demons from their own past, the lies, the fear, the pain, and the struggles that have continued to follow them well into adulthood. This ultimately culminates in an interview with their parents, who faced their own share of obstacles.
This was an interesting film as it delves into a topic that is considered taboo to many and it does so unapologetically. Through the personal stories shared I realized that intersex individuals are marginalized across society even within the LGBTQ community, we just don’t see or hear about them very often. My heart went out to the sisters and the people they interviewed; I cannot imagine the anguish they suffered growing up.
The film raises several questions with no concrete answers:
To what extent does biological sex determine our fates as human beings?
Who creates these “boxes” people get forced into?
We would like to say only we can make that decision for ourselves but what about our parents and society in general, do they shape our perceptions of ourselves and is this fair?
4/5 Ticket Stubs