Orchids: My Intersex Adventure, which was voted in the most popular film at the Brisbane International Film Festival, examines with warmth, humour and honesty the shame and secrecy surrounding intersex (also known as a 'hermaphrodite' or a Difference of Sexual Development (DSD)).
"Orchids is arguably a 'world first' .... Early on, I made a conscious decision the film should be largely autobiographical. This was important for me on a number of levels and represented a huge step in terms of self-confidence and courage.... Orchids has allowed me to reflect on my coming-of-age experience and examine why 'coming out' continues to be extremely challenging."
That's the wonderful Phoebe Hart - the director, producer and star of this outstanding Australian feature documentary.
Phoebe has Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), a congenital intersex condition that can either occur spontaneously at conception or be passed down the generations. People with AIS have a typical genetic male pattern but develop atypical reproductive organs as a result of their bodies being insensitive to male hormones.
To date, the film has shown at various film festivals around Australia with great success. Sadly, around the world there is a dearth of media that deals personally and sensitively with the complex issues of intersex, which is why Orchids is such a gem!
We want to send Phoebe to travel to world class festivals and conferences in the USA in July of 2011 and represent the film in person!
At present, there are no federal or state government travel grants available. :-(
IF WE CAN ALL HELP OUT, Phoebe will be able travel to screen Orchids at Outfest in Los Angeles, which is one of the world's biggest and longest running LGBT film festivals. Outfest nurtures and preserves lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (and intersex!) film images and artistry. Phoebe will also present Orchids at Newfest: The New York LGBT Film Festival.
Donations can be made via the Australian Arts Business Foundation (AbaF) website. This means you will receive a tax deductible receipt from the AbaF! Donations are paid in full to the artist as a grant. A total of more than $7 million has been donated to the arts through AbaF. International donors may approach hartflicker directly for direct deposit details.
Our initial goal is a mere $3,000 (AUD) by 30 June 2011. So dig deep and help spread the word....
16 June 2011