Tania Cypriano • USA • 2020
New York's Mount Sinai Hospital houses the groundbreaking Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, a mecca for quality gender-affirming care. Here Dr. Jess Ting works with transgender and non-binary patients to navigate their own particular journeys—Cashmere, long since sober, recounts her time spent living on the streets of New York City, while Jordan finally feels they have the support they need to take the next step in their transition. Mahogany, once a successful male model, has sacrificed her career to embrace life as the woman she is.
Exploring the histories, joys, and struggles of Dr. Ting's patients, Born to Be offers a complex and nuanced account of the fluidity of gender and each person's right to choose how to define it for oneself. Tania Cypriano's third documentary premiered at Athens, Palm Springs, Hong Kong, New York and Sarasota.