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The Transfigured Body
1991, 27 minutes, Color, VHS
Order No. W99274
STIGMATA is a riveting look at body modification such as tattooing, cutting, piercing and branding, practices which are becoming increasingly popular amongst women. Although these activities are considered radical, the videotape suggests that they are no more physically radical than cosmetic surgery; and these women are transforming their bodies against conventional stereotypes of femininity rather than to conform to them. STIGMATA explores concepts of beauty, self-determination and the outer limits of female sexuality. Please note that STIGMATA includes some extremely explicit footage.


  • Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Jury Prize Documentary
  • NY and LA Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • Montbéliard Video Festival

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    "Graphic and unforgettable."
    Sande Zeig
    New York Festival of Lesbian and Gay Film

    "This piercing, indelible testament of/to the swelling semiotics of self will scar you for life."
    Chris Straayer
    New York University

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