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From The Fanlight Collection
One in 2000
Directed by Ajae Clearway
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Every parent-to-be hopes for a "perfect" baby, but what does that actually mean? Every newborn is different, but some of those differences are scarier to parents than others. Each year an estimated one in two thousand babies are born with anatomy that doesn't clearly mark them as either male or female — with what is known as an intersex condition. It's a situation that's hard to talk about; it challenges our preconceptions about how things are "supposed" to be.

This provocative documentary demystifies the issue of sexual difference. At a time when five babies a day in the United States are having "gender reassignment" surgery, it argues that there is little evidence that such surgery is beneficial to the child. The program profiles several people born with ambiguous sexual anatomy, who have managed to deal with some very difficult family and social issues, but today are living "ordinary" and productive lives. It also includes a young mother who is matter-of-factly creating the conditions for her intersex baby to do the same.

Interweaving their stories with educational films from the 1950's, One in 2000 invites us to take a serious second look at how the media have dealt with sexual "normality." It will be an invaluable tool for educating and sensitizing parents, young people — and many in the medical community as well.

"One in 2000 demonstrates that the umbrella term "intersex" covers a huge range of bodies and experiences. It shows that truly effective care for intersex people means recognizing that there are many paths to health and happiness, and that the real experts are the people themselves. The program should be required viewing for every doctor, advocate, and academic dealing with this issue."—Thea Hillman, Intersex Advocate; Author of For Lack of a Better Word"; Former Board Chair, Intersex Society of North America

Golden Eagle Award, Council on International Nontheatrical Events 2006
Silver Award, Patient Education, National Health Information Awards 2006
Platinum Remi Award, WORLDFEST 2006
Programmer's Choice Award, Cinematexas 2006

26 minutes / Color
Release: 2006
Copyright: 2006

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Adolescence, Body Image / Obesity / Eating Disorders, Captioned Films, Community & Public Health, Ethical Dilemmas, Fanlight Collection, Genetics, Issues & Ethics, Men & Women / Gender Issues, Psychology, Social Work, Women's Health Issues

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