They and Them

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What do you decide as a practitioner with a thirteen-year-old who wants to change gender, but who has difficulty understanding all the consequences while the clinic you work in is creaking on all side... More...

Documentary - Human Interest & Society

52', 78'

What do you do as a practitioner with a thirteen-year-old who wants to change gender, but who has difficulty understanding all the consequences while the clinic you work in is creaking on all sides. They and Them is a fascinating portrait of an outpatient clinic in which ethical, financial and bureaucratic dilemmas compete for priority.

In the Netherlands, gender clinics guides young people who struggle with their gender identity. The advice from the gender clinic serves as a prelude to a change of gender in the passport or major medical treatment. We encounter practitioners and all the dilemmas they face. How do you advise on irreversible choices that can affect the rest of your life while the outpatient clinic struggles with financing and the waiting list grows? How do you deal with a gifted teenager who wants to change gender? What to do with feelings of doubt? And is there also room for a conservative voice within the team?

Documentary
Ingrid Kamerling
2023
Tangerine Tree
52', 78'
VPRO