Hey Everyone, it’s your summer student Blogger Jordan here again with another recommendation from the Reelout archives. It’s called BLACK AND WHITE directed by Kirsty MacDonald based on the photographs of Rebecca Swan.
Black and White touches on a subject that is never brought up (around me anyway) – Intersex. The doc follows Intersex people and demonstrates how they’re constantly being put down and discriminated against. Mani Bruce Mitchell was born as both man and woman: a hermaphrodite (a term still used but because the word has a certain stigma relating specifically to the genitalia and not the overall emotional and physical implications, so “Intersex” is the word commonly used today). This short film shows you just how concerned we are as a society that everyone sticks to their assigned gender. We expect girls to be innocent and sweet while men have to be tough and brave. It is such an old fashioned way of thinking.
Rebecca Swan first wanted to meet with Mani to include her in Swan’s book “Assume Nothing”. Her whole idea was to integrate the idea of intersex culture with everyday life. The idea is to make you realize its all normal.
You should check out Rebecca Swan’s website and see some of her amazing work here.