Born to Be (DVD)

Directed by Tania Cypriano

Release Year: 2019
Running Time: 92
UPC: 7 38329 25236 6
Optional English Subtitles: Yes
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Documentary
Select a Format
$19.95 $11.97 (40% off) Buy DVD
Available on digital
Only ships to US & Canada

Also Available On:

iTunes Amazon Google Play Vudu FandangoNow
Booking Inquiry
Cast
Leiomy Maldonado
Garnet Rubio
Jess Ting
Mahogany Phillips
Shawn Frederick Sr.
Cashmere

Crew
Directed by Tania Cypriano

Born to Be follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting (he/him) at the groundbreaking Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. There, for the first time ever in New York City, transgender and gender non-binary people have access to quality gender-affirming care. With extraordinary access, this remarkable documentary offers an intimate look at how one doctor’s work impacts the lives of his patients as well as how his journey from renowned plastic surgeon to pioneering gender-affirming specialist has led to his own transformation.

Dr. Ting's patients are as diverse as the city itself. Cashmere (she/her), decades sober and with a zest for life, offers an invaluable queer history lesson as she looks back on the tumultuous existence she once led on the streets of New York. Jordan (they/them) is non-binary and, with their nurturing partner by their side, finally has the support they need to take the next step in their transition. The loquacious Garnet (she/her) moved to New York City to transition and has the full support of her family, but still struggles with depression. Shawn (he/him) signed up for a new type of gender-affirming surgery pioneered by Dr. Ting with the help of brave patients like him. And heart- and scene-stealer Mahogany (she/her) was once a successful male model, but sacrificed her career to begin life as the woman she is. Through their stories, their joys and hardships, the film addresses the nuances and complexities of gender, exploring key issues around the human right to define gender for oneself.

DVD Extras Include:

Deleted Scenes

Trailer

Critic's Pick!

"A brave, revelatory, and beautifully realized film, it is easily one of the year’s best and most important documentaries."

"Deeply moving and humane. Born to Be distinguishes itself with its sensitive, humane portrait of the dedicated Dr. Ting, his hard-working staff (some of whom are transgender themselves), and his diverse patients who yearn merely to live in a body that reflects their inner identity."

"Heartbreaking, uplifting... a must-see."

"A lively and moving documentary about the first major American hospital center for transgender surgery shows us what the future will look like. Moving and fascinatingly forward-looking. What the Mount Sinai center represents is a paradigm shift, if not a revolution."

"Intimate and highly compelling... poignant and finely tuned. Tania Cypriano treats her tireless subject with utmost sensitivity. With its cinematic eye, compelling subjects, and elegant awareness of the issues, Born to Be was conceived just in time."

"Enlightening. The film has an exuberantly infectious life to it… We’re watching history be made with a sympathetic and respectful eye to everything that entails."

  • Best Documentary Feature – Nashville Film Festival

  • Official Selection – New York Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival


To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 19 2021 at 11:04pm
RT' @LaurasMiscMovie': All these' @KinoLorber'' @KLStudioClassic' Blu-rays except BREEZY (coming soon!) & THE EVIL EYE have now been reviewed at…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 19 2021 at 10:11pm
RT' @larryblamire': Brad Weston, Steve Sandor, Dean Martin and Slim Pickens up to no good in ROUGH NIGHT IN JERICHO gorgeous Blu-ray from' @Ki…'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 19 2021 at 10:11pm
RT' @DiscDish': Check out Laurence's review of the high-octane oh-so-L.A. comedy crime caper STRETCH, starring Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, Jess…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 19 2021 at 10:10pm
RT' @BAM_Brooklyn': Based on Naoki Higashida's memoir, The Reason I Jump is "an inventive, sensuous documentary worthy of its source." (@vari…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 19 2021 at 10:10pm
RT' @KINOGermanyNow': The German Film Office is pleased to offer a curated selection of award-winning new' @German_Films' to US audiences this…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 19 2021 at 10:05pm
RT' @TheFilmStage': We're giving away Pietro Marcello's #MartinEden on Blu-ray! To enter, RT this tweet and follow us by 1/24. The film lead…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 19 2021 at 10:05pm
RT' @filmcenter': Meet artist Nick Cave,' @Wilco' bassist' @JohnStirratt' Stirratt, and Jennifer Trainer, director of MUSEUM TOWN on Thursday, Ja…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 19 2021 at 10:04pm
RT' @DOCNYCfest': "The secret of this beautiful, bittersweet film...is that, in the end, it's all so shockingly relatable." –' @BilgeEbiri',' @v…'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 19 2021 at 2:49pm
"The Reason I Jump points out the ways that centuries of misunderstanding about autism around the world... have als…' https://t.co/sbFnWhWyYo'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 19 2021 at 2:45pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming May 11th! Horizons West (1952) • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Toby Roan • Theatrical Trailer • Optional…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018

Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
email: edu@kinolorber.com