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A Boy Named Sue
A film by Julie Wyman
2000, 56 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W01712
Julie Wyman's compelling documentary chronicles the transformation of a transsexual named Theo from a woman to a man over the course of six years. The film successfully captures Theo's physiological and psychological changes during the process, as well as their effects on his lesbian lover and community of close friends. Taking full advantage of the unlimited access she received into an extraordinarily personal process, Wyman carefully composes a moving story about gender identity, relationships, and how even things that seem permanent can change.

"A BOY NAMED SUE is one of the best videos to date on female-to-male transsexual experience. Wyman spent six years taping Sue's transformation into Theo and then organized a huge archive of material into a moving, informative and smart rendering of what a difference sex reassignment surgeries can make not only to the transsexual himself but also to all those in his immediate circle. Theo is a great subject and Wyman is a talented and imaginative documentarian. If you are looking for a sensitive and sophisticated representation of transsexual experience, look no further." Judith Halberstam, University of California, San Diego


  • LA, SF, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Portland, and Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • Reel Affirmations, Washington, D.C.
  • Film Arts Festival, San Francisco
  • Image Out Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • Image et Nations, Montreal Lesbian and Gay Festival
  • Berlin Lesbian Film Festival
  • Feminale Women's Film Festival

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    "This is the best 'Trans' documentary I've ever seen. It's unique in the way it follows Theo and his partner for an extended period of time, and in the way it refuses the simple purpose-accomplishment narrative in favor of a complex, warts-and-all look."
    Allaquere Rosanne Stone
    University of Texas, Austin

    "A rousing tape...The faint of heart should beware of the hormone injections, but most of us will find 'A Boy Named Sue' simply jubilant and engrossing."
    Amy Villarejo
    Cornell University

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