Monika Treut’s provocative documentary explores the little-known world of transgenderism through profiles of several “gender cyborgs” living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In candid interviews, Treut’s subjects share their personal experiences, their perspectives on gender and their plans for the future. The film also delves into the options — and challenges — gender-bending hormone treatments and surgeries provide.
Monika Treut, born April 6, 1954, in Mönchengladbach, made her high school exam at a state-run school for girls and subsequently started to study German studies and political science and graduated with a state examination in 1978.
From 1974 on, already during her studies, and until 1982, she worked at several media centres, for instance, in Marburg, Frankfurt, and in Berlin where she organized film screenings and was involved in the production of video documentaries.
In 1984, she did her PhD in Marburg with a thesis about the image of women in the writings of de Sade and Sacher-Masoch and became a doctor of philology. In the same year, she set up the production company “Hyäne I/II Filmproduktion” together with Elfie Mikesch in Hamburg.
One year later, Treut finished her debut film for the movie screen, the experimental feature film “Verführung: Die grausame Frau” (“Seduction: The Cruel Woman”) about the sadomasochistic experiences of a group of fairly different… read more