The T-Male: FTM Documentaries & other related:

PAST DOCUMENTARIES ( click any name to read more or buy a copy, if available)



Southern Comfort 2001- A vivid portrait of the late trans man Robert Eads and his loved ones. The local Ku Klux Klan group was so taken in by the bearded Eads’s good-old-boy ambience, they asked him to join. Eads had less luck with the 20 doctors who refused to treat him for cancer of the cervix and ovaries, proving that for the transgender community at least, it’s Bessie Smith all over again. The irony of his condition—that he was dying from the only part left in him that was truly female—was not lost on Eads. 

Transgender Revolution 2001- INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS ™ televised on A&E. goes beyond ignorance and stereotypes for an intimate portrayal of the people who choose to change their sexuality. Among the unexpected, ferociously articulate characters we meet are a female-to-male transsexual (Toney Baretto-Neto) who works for the Tampa sheriff's office, a male-to-female electrical designer who has hosted an MIT radio show called Gendertalk, and a Southern good-old-boy ("Terry" Nick's friend) who we follow through his surgical transformation. THE TRANSGENDER REVOLUTION also examines the fast-growing movement to combat gender oppression, highlighting the nation's most notorious transsexual killings and a Congressional battle over including transsexuals in the Hate Crimes Act. Featuring interviews with the founder of the transsexual political organization GenderPAC and a noted neurosurgeon specializing in sex change operations, this is a surprising portrayal of a misunderstood, growing subculture. 

You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men 1998(?) - Review from an anonymous person, "Simply put, this is the most profound, compelling, and thought-provoking documentary ever made on gender identity. It may also be the most entertaining. It provides extraordinarily honest and riveting portraits of six men who once were women." 

Changing Sexes: Female to Male 2003 - Discovery Channel - Mention the word "transsexual," and many imagine a man in a dress. But transsexuals are actually one gender who becomes the other. In this program, meet four women who have become, or are currently transitioning to, men. And, though their numbers are fewer than the reverse, their story is no less fascinating. Meet Jamison, who transitioned 12 years ago. Today, his full beard, deep voice and twinkling green eyes make it hard to believe he was ever a woman. Rachael, on the other hand, is just beginning her transition and still living as a woman. Follow her through her first radical change towards "manhood" – surgery to have her breasts removed. Dirk, who started life as Emily, lives in a small town in the Midwest, where he fears that certain social factors may make him the target of violent crime. Finally, meet Scott (formerly Caroline) who tells a harrowing tale of how he completed his transition with a unique female-to-male surgery – the creation of an artificial phallus.
Hear the profound – and sometimes provocative – stories of these "transitioners" as told in their own words. And move beyond the tabloid headlines to explore the moral, social and – most importantly – emotional questions surrounding this little-understood phenomenon.


What Sex Am I? 1984 (Features an FTM kicked out of teaching for transitioning on the job in the 1970's; is now (or was then) a tile setter to earn a living) Lee Grant directed, wrote and narrates this study of the gender identity crisis faced by transsexuals and transvestites.


The Opposite Sex: Rene's Story (an FTM) From Showtime in May/June 2004

Rene, 31, a female-to-male gender reassignment candidate took hormones for years and "passed" as a man for all of his adult life. Married to his high-school sweetheart, Wona, a heterosexual woman, for 12 years, no one would guess Rene was biologically a woman. Living under a veil of secrecy and lies, Rene and Wona's lives seemed fine until someone "outted" the couple at their beloved church and everything they knew was destroyed. The public revelation of Rene's secret starts to unravel his marriage to Wona. Through all of it, Rene continues to hold on to his lifelong obsession to become a biological male and goes on a cross-country search to find the best transgender surgeon, only to discover that the current surgery options are flawed. At the last minute, Rene finds a surgeon who has created an experimental procedure, which will be seen in THE OPPOSITE SEX for the first time. - This site may still have videos. Please check

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