Campus Screening of Award-Winning Transgender Film “Girl Inside” (Updated)

Update: The screening will begin at 8:00 pm, not 7:00 pm as originally announced.

The award-winning movie Girl Inside is the account of a young adult transitioning from male to female and her “emotional, intellectual, and spiritual journey of self-discovery . . . (amidst) the physical journey of hormones and surgery. Sometimes funny, sometimes painful, this sweet coming of age story is both an intimate portrait and a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a woman” (Women Make Movies). Sponsored by the IIT Department of Humanities and the Office of Campus Life, the film will be shown on Wednesday, March 13 from 8 – 10 pm in the MTCC Auditorium.

Director Maya Gallas on Girl Inside: “My intent was to document Madison’s journey up to, and immediately beyond, her sex reassignment surgery. Neither of us thought I would be following her for three years, but it took that long for her to save the money for the surgery. Although this made the filmmaking process more intense, it also allowed for deeper layers of understanding of Madison’s experience. As a result, the film speaks to many people on many levels, and became, ultimately, a portrait of self-transformation and metamorphosis.”

Women’s History Month looks at how conventional and unconventional women throughout history have changed the world we live in today.Women’s History Month is a space to talk about people who identify as women and how their roles in society matter–that means anyone can participate in the festivities, not just those of us who identify as women! It’s also a space to talk about how the dynamics of gender create categories like women, men, intersex people, transgender people, and people who live between the genders. It gives us an opportunity to think about what these categories mean for how we organize our social, political, and economic institutions and how we define our collective or personal goals and dreams.

The Humanities department in partnership with Student Life has created a program for March that includes a Bog game night (held on March 7), the campus film showing of Girl Inside and a luncheon with speakers on the topic of Women in Technology, to be held on Tuesday, March 26, from 12:30–2:30 pm in the MTCC Ballroom.

This event reflects the values expressed in IIT’s Diversity Statement and is intended to promote diversity at IIT.