I Am a Woman Now

( Netherlands / 2011 )
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Since the 1950s, sex change operations 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?
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 86/55 min.
Theme: Anthropology, Gender, Health, LGBT, Sexuality, Society, Women
Language(s): Dutch, English, French, German
Subtitles: English
Director(s): Michiel van Erp
Producer(s): Monique Busman, Michiel van Erp
Cinematographer: Mark van Aller
Editor(s): Hinne Brouwer
Excluded regions: Netherlands, Germany, Austria
I Am a Woman Now


  • "Van Erp... casts a respectful and sensitive eye on his protagonists throughout"
    Boyd van Hoeij

Academic Notes

  • The Making of a Man: Notes on Transsexuality, By Maxim Februari
    The excellent documentary "I am a Woman Now" (2011) by Dutch filmmaker Michiel Van Erp about women who had been operated on by Dr George Burou in Casablanca was not about 'transexual men' as several self-respecting voices in the media stated
  • “TransFrance” by Todd W. Reeser
    In Michiel van Erp’s documentary I am a Woman Now (2012), towards the end of which Corinne, a Belgian transwoman, makes a trip back to Casablanca to locate the clinic where she stayed in the early 70s. It is not possible to visit the space of the clinic, and in fact at first she is dis-oriented, which suggests that the clinic is not so much an actual place for a pilgrimage, but an imagined spatial construct whose influence extends beyond France and across Europe.

awards & accolades

  • Frameline - Honorable Mention for Outstanding Documentary

Festival participation

  • Frameline
  • Lighthouse Film Festival
  • Dallas Asian Film Festival
  • Bergen International Film Festival
  • Brisbane International Film Festival
  • IDFA
  • Tales from Planet Earth
  • Asiatica Film Mediale

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Additional Info

Production Company: De Familie
Distribution Company: CATS&Docs

I Am a Woman Now

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