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Just a Normal Person

Some people are born in the wrong body. Sam is one of them. This touching film is about everyone’s right to be who they really are. This film is Sam’s story.

22 years ago the identical twins Isabelle and Denise were born. But already as a kid Isabelle knew she was different from the other girls. Deep down inside Isabelle knew she was a boy, born in a girls body.

”I am going to be a dad when I grow up”, says 6-year-old Isabelle in a family video clip. A few years later Isabelle changes name to Sam. From then on Sam has been forced to explain who he really is, over and over again.

His mother was bewildered at first, and thought it was merely a passing phase. But from the moment she realised that he was absolutely serious, she has fully backed Sam and his right to be true to his inner self. Standing by his side is also his twin sister Denise, Sam’s guardian angel and confidant.

Denise has seen his suffering firsthand, and in the film she tells about the bullying Sam has had to put up with throughout his life.

The film follows Sam from childhood to high school graduation. During this time he has gone through breast removal surgery and received testosteron injections.

Today Sam is a young man, trying to find his way in a life that has not always been easy for him. People constantly question his identity, which really pisses Sam off:

- I’m just a normal fucking person! Can we talk about something else?

The film was nominated at Banff Rockie Awards 2016.

Genre: Documentary
Original title: En vanlig fucking människa
Year: 2015
Duration: 58
Script: Malin Björkman-Widell
Director: Malin Björkman-Widell
Producer: Malin Björkman-Widell, Lars Säfström, Charlotte Madsen
Produced by: SVT
Available in HD: Yes
Format: 16:9

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