BORN TO BE
Feature Documentary | 92 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2019
on 10/11/2019
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Directed By
Tania Cypriano

Produced By
Michelle Koo Hayashi


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2019 | English | USA

Having established himself as a world-renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Jess Ting moves into a new role as the lead gender-affirming surgeon at the Mount Sinai Center—where, for the first time ever, all transgender and gender non-conforming individuals have access to quality health and surgical care. Deftly balancing the experiences of both the doctor and his diverse group of patients, director Tania Cypriano chronicles both the joys and pitfalls that come with navigating this new territory. With extraordinary access, BORN TO BE offers a compassionate look at how one surgeon’s pioneering work has changed the lives of those who are fighting for the right to define themselves.