ProducersWild Sound Services Diana Wilson
SubjectsGender Sudies LGBTQ+ Sports
- Release Date 2004
- Running Time 59 minutes
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada, USA
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This documentary focuses on Michelle Dumaresq, the first openly transgender woman in the world to be named to a national team in any sport. 100% Woman begins as Michelle Dumaresq's mountain-bike riding career did, careening down a rocky path to be met with controversy. From some critics comes cautious concern, from others, complete attack. At the centre of it all is the past of this extreme athlete-in particular, the first 20-odd years of life that Michelle spent as Michael. In 2002, Dumaresq became the first openly transgender woman in the world to be named to a national team in any sport. Beginning with her days on the BC race circuit, to the Canada Cup, the national title and finally, a berth at the World Championships, her progress is dogged by constant scrutiny, both from fellow competitors and the media. Dumaresq insists she doesn't race to make a stand, but doesn't shy from being a trailblazer. She grew up in turmoil over her identity and struggled to come to terms with herself as an adult, even with her parents' wholehearted support. She takes on the mantle of role model because she understands how isolated others like her feel. Dr. Jerrilyn Prior, the pioneer of sex-hormone use in gender reassignment therapy, backs up Dumaresq's quest to compete and explains how hormonal changes drastically reduce musculature. This compelling documentary raises timely questions about what it means to be a "real" woman in the world of competitive sports and beyond.
Award(s): Best Mountain Biking Film, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival; Edith Lando Peace Prize, Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth
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