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THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL
BLACK AND WHITE


Country: New Zealand
Year: 2006
Duration: 17'
Direction: Kirsty MacDonald
Cinematographer: Christopher Pryor

This stylish film artfully explores the potent creative collaboration between intersex activist Mani Bruce Mitchell and the acclaimed photographer Rebecca Swan. Portrayed through this lens, Mitchell’s story introduces viewers to notions of fluid gender identity, challenging the rigid categories of “male” and “female.” Documenting the way Mitchell boldly expresses her own intersex identity through the medium of art, the film challenges the viewer to see Mitchell for who s/he is: not the weak and vulnerable “monster” on display for medical students at the hospital or in photographs, but someone who is just different.
Awards
Best Short Documentary Best Novel Filmmaker - Documentary New Zealand International Film Festival 2006
Best Short Documentary – Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2006

Kirsty MacDonald

Kirsty MacDonald is an independent filmmaker based in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2009 she completed a feature-length documentary and 8 short films exploring alternative gender identity and creativity called Assume Nothing. Accompanying the photographs of acclaimed New Zealand photographer Rebecca Swan, these films formed part of the widely attended Assume Nothing Exhibition, touring galleries, museums and film festivals all along year 2010.
Selected filmography
Black and White
(2006)
Good For a Girl
(2005)
I Can Read You Like a Book
(2003)
PROMOTED BY
Gobierno de Navarra
ORGANIZED BY
NICDO
WITH THE AID OF
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural Española
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaGoethe InstitutCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteTeatro GayarreLa Fábrica
MEMBER OF
PantallaIberofestLa Mesta
PARTNERS
Filmoteca de NavarraPlanetario de PamplonaMuseo OteizaMuseo Universidad de NavarraFilmoteca Española
CinetecaFilmoteca CatalunyaInstitut FrançaisHotel Tres ReyesHotel Maisonave
MEDIA PARTNER
Radio 3
FESTIVALS IN NAVARRE
Punto de VistaNIFF - Navarra International Film FestivalNavarra, tierra de cineConecta FicciónÓpera PrimaSkimetrajeCTL 59#LabMeCrazy! Science Film FestivalFestival de Cine y DentistasHorror Online ArtFICBE (Festival Internacional de Cortos de Berriozar)FAN, Festival de Anime de NavarraLo que vieneMuestra de cine españolFilmmaking for social changeMuestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona

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