I Am a Woman Now

Michiel van Erp Long documentary - 2012 - 86 min.

NFF Archive

You are now in the NFF Archive. The archive contains contains information on film, TV and interactive productions that were screened at past festival editions. The NFF does not dispose of this material. For this, please contact the producer, distributor or broadcaster. Sometimes, older films can also be found at the Eye Film Museum or the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

‘Can every man become a beautiful woman?’, filmmaker Michiel van Erp asks the aged April, a gorgeous woman who used to be a man. She is one of the flamboyant protagonists in this documentary about transsexuals who in the mid 20th century underwent a sex operation. For this surgery, highly controversial at the time, they went to Casablanca, where they were helped by the unorthodox surgeon Burou. The different women - from Germany, England, Belgium and the Netherlands - talk about their experiences in those days, their admiration of Burou and their exuberant and at times tragic lives, often illustrated by photographs and other archive material. They are also followed travelling to friends, guiding young transsexuals and on a pilgrimage to Casablanca, where they were reborn.


Director(s) Michiel van Erp
Script Michiel van Erp
Producer(s) Monique Busman
Michiel van Erp
Production Company
Executive Producer
Inge Schapendonk
JeanMarc van Sambeek
Director of Photography
Sound Editor
Sound on Set
TV Company
Production Country