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They and Them
IDFA 2023

They and Them

Genderpoli
Ingrid Kamerling
Netherlands
2023
78 min
World Premiere
Frontlight
Festival history

At the age of 15, can you know if you ever want to conceive or give birth to a child? The team coordinator at the gender clinic in the Dutch city of Zaandam is doubtful. And yet this is one of the questions he asks the young people who register for psychological guidance. A fellow psychologist trusts that young people know what is good for them. He is a trans man and one of the experts by experience who work at the clinic. Their added value is obvious, but can also cause friction.

The use of language, already such a sensitive instrument, proves to be more complex than some expect. There are those who see it as unnecessary to mention your pronouns when you introduce yourself, but the majority are in favor. When a cis woman states that she’s “simply” attracted to men, eyebrows are raised.

Director Ingrid Kamerling switches smoothly between observation and interviews. Her investigative view drills into the complexity of the organization: the constant money issues, the administrative constraints, the unhealthy workload. Above all, there is a sense of the need to equip young people and their parents as well as possible for the emotional journey of drastic change that lies ahead of them.

Credits
Director
Executive producer
Sound
    Gideon Bijlsma,
    Diego van Uden,
    Tim van den Broeke,
    Gerben Kokmeijer,
    Mark Wessner,
    Willem Sluyterman van Loo,
    Bram Boers
Involved TV Channel
    VPRO
    VPRO
Screening copy
    Tangerine Tree
    Tangerine Tree

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