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Girl Inside
A film by Maya Gallus. Produced by Justine Pimlott and Maya Gallus
Canada, 2007, 70 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W09929
Following 26-year-old Madison during a crucial three years of her transition from male to female, GIRL INSIDE is a beautiful film that tracks her emotional, intellectual and spiritual journey of self-discovery that is as important as – if not more than – the physical journey of hormones and surgery. Sharing the spotlight is Vivien, Madison’s glamorous 80-year-old grandmother, who has taken on the job of advising her on all things feminine. While Vivien's attempts to school Madison in old-fashioned codes of fashion and behavior are often hilarious, the juxtaposition of two vastly different experiences of womanhood, from very different generations, raises profound issues about the nature of gender, femininity and sexuality.

Sometimes funny, sometimes painful, this heartwarming coming of age story is both an intimate portrait and a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a woman. Recommended for courses in transgender and queer studies, gender studies, women’s studies and sociology.


Gemini Award, Best Direction in a Documentary Program

  • Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax
  • Hot Docs Int'l Documentary Festival
  • DOXA - Documentary Film Festival Vancouver
  • Frameline - San Francisco LGBT Film Festival
  • NewFest - The New York LGBT Film Festival
  • St. John's International Women's Film Festival
  • Womens Film Festival In Seoul
  • Reel Affirmations, DC

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    “Quietly fierce and deeply intelligent, Madison's story is enlightening without being preachy, and Madison is a fantastically open and candid subject.”
    Now Magazine

    “A subtle and in-depth portrayal…Shot over three years in direct cinema style and beautifully structured.”
    Lynn Fernie

    “Compelling. Goes beyond typical ‘Trans 101’ documentaries… deeper into the life of one individual, with her own desires and opinions.”
    Jon Davies

    “GIRL INSIDE gives a frank glimpse into that last bastion of LGBTG-dom to be embraced by the mainstream: the trans-gendered.”
    Eye Weekly

    "Evocative. Well-written, insightful, and informative. Recommended for collections that focus on gay and lesbian studies as well as gender studies."
    Dan DiLandro
    Educational Media Reviews Online

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