Face with the decision to replace my expired breast implants or have them removed, I grapple with the concepts of femininity and gender norms as a Dominican immigrant and an intersex-woman.
This Body, Too will be a seventy-minute personal documentary that juxtaposes the perspectives of those closest to me regarding gender and sex as I navigate a bodily decision. Through a diaristic form, I question established notions of femininity and womanhood that many in my family, and our culture, hold as fact. The film will include conversations with my mother, aunts, doctors, and sisters as I attempt to understand and unpack our collective relationship to sex and gender.
In making films I've set out to document healing through open conversations. My life’s work is to document specific pinnacle moments in my life and in family's life that are representative of universal themes. Through documentary filmmaking I seek to create a space for direct participation and visual representation to sharply interrupt a prescriptive life. I’ve decided to first tell my story about being an intersex-woman in a Dominican-American family.
Arisleyda Dilone (b. 1982/Santiago, Dominican Republic) is a filmmaker, writer, actor, multilingual translator and model. Her practice is rooted in creating deeply personal artistic work through all the mediums necessary. In 2015 she completed the short film: Mami y Yo y Mi Gallito /Mom and Me and My Little Rooster. As a writer, she was a contributing author in Period: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth a book of essays. She is currently working on a feature-length documentary titled: This Body, Too. Arisleyda is a member of Diverse Filmmakers Alliance, Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and Ay Ombe Theater.
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