WHEN I WAS A BOY I WAS A GIRL

“EVERYONE DESERVES HAPPINESS IN LIFE …HAPPINESSS”

“Ja kada sam bila klinac, bila sam klinka (When I Was a Boy, I Was a Girl) is an impressive documentary from Serbia. Finally, no clichés about sex workers! Ivana Todorovic portrays her transsexual friend who gives her very special, unpretentious access. A very intimate view, that gets very close. These are the films that we need in order to get closer to people who are so far from us.” Maike Mia Hohne ,program curator of Berlinale Shorts

Awards:
2013 premier at Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale Shorts competition
2013 Cinematic Achievement Award, Thess International Shorts Film Festival, Solun
2013 Best Balkan Documentary Film, Dokufest, Prizren
2013 Best Short Film, South Eastern European Film Festival, LA
2013 Best National Documentary Film, Belgrade Shorts and Documentary Film Festival
Film was included as one of the 11 best short films in the history of Sarajevo Film Festival to be screened at Doc Alliance

Synopsis:
Goca is a transvestite in Belgrade, the capital city of a country where organizing or participating in a gay pride parade is forbidden. She is raising a daughter who is actually her niece. Although her very young boyfriend doesn’t respect he, Goca still loves him and manages to retain her sunny, open-minded nature. She risks her life to earn money for the family. On her thirty-ninth birthday she decides to celebrate her coming-out on stage in front of a live audience. And so she tells them the story of her life: “ When I was a boy, I was a girl”. The text in this cabaret was written by Goca herself and playwright Olga Dimitrijevic. Few months after film was made Goca started to work as an activist for transsexual issue in Serbia and has founded Association Hestija.

+40 Selected festivals:
Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia
Santo Domingo Outfest, Dominican Republic
This Human World Film Festival, Austria
Guanajuato International Film Festival, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Film screened at various LGBTQ events.

Production Notes
Featuring: Goca
Directed and shoot by Ivana Todorovic
Edited by Jelena Maksimovic
Music by Drasko Adzic
Text in cabare written: by Olga Dimitrijevic and Goca
Sound Design: Danijel Milosevic
Collor Correction: Jelena Maksimovic
Poster Design : Nebojsa Petrovic
Produced : Academic Film Center, Students Cultural City and Ivana Todorovic
Total Runtime: 30 minutes 2013 • Serbia • Color
Subtitles:In Serbian with English subtitles,
Exhibition Format: HDCAM, DigiBeta NTSC, DVD
Production Format: HD
supported by Serbian Film Center, Fund Zenska Rekonstrukcija, Heartefact Fund