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100% Human

This unique musical documentary from Norway charts several years in the life of a young transgender man both before and after his sexual reassignment surgery. In 2001 directors Trond Winterkjaer and Jon Dalchow gave their subject a camera to keep a video journal, which results in a touchingly frank and occasionally bittersweet self-portrait. Just 22 at the time of the surgery, Morten/Monica comes across as intelligent and self-aware, qualities the film suggests are prerequisites for the radical procedure. Winning musical numbers blend seamlessly with the story; in one of them Morten/Monica is spotlighted on the operating table while doctors in scrubs prance through a mist of dry ice. In Norwegian with subtitles. 73 min.

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