Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Born to Be

Year: 2019
Country: United States
Language: English, Mandarin
Run Time: 93 minutes

Born to Be
Born to Be
Born to Be

In 2016, New York became the ninth state to require insurance companies to cover gender affirming surgeries. But the demand for these surgeries far exceeds the doctors who agree to perform them. As the number of patients in search of safe and innovative trans medicine grows, Dr. Jess Ting is one dedicated professional who has stepped up to the task. Dr. Ting, along with his committed team of experts, are at the forefront of transgender surgery, creating new procedures and inventive pathways for their patients to find happiness and to become their true selves. Following Dr. Ting and a diverse handful of his many patients, BORN TO BE is an up-close and personal look at the struggles and triumphs of modern trans surgery. While not all trans people opt for gender affirming surgeries, this documentary offers an eye-opening and compassionate lens into the journey of those who do… many of whom have suffered greatly in the process of seeking their truth. (In English and Mandarin with subtitles) — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:05 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No


Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Global Health Competition


Tania Cypriano

Michelle Koo Hayashi

Jeffrey Johnson

Christopher White, Scott Foley

Film Contact

Film Sponsors

AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Community Partners

CWRU AIDS Clinical Trials Unit


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