Man Made

2018

Man Made

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MAN MADE takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men (who like the film's director were born and raised female), take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta, GA). MAN MADE is a character-driven, intimate, and riveting verité-style competition film, but also a unique social justice narrative. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally. The strength on display in MAN MADE transcends the physical: Rese is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness; Dominic seeks out his family of origin, confronting an alternate history for himself; Kennie admits to himself and his loved ones who he is for the first time in his life; and Mason, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works daily to be the man he's always wanted to be-on both the inside and out. We follow these subjects' emotional and physical journeys as they navigate lives as the men they are, despite very real risks inherent in the current social and political climate. For the men of MAN MADE, it's not about winning-it's about being seen.

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  • Focusing on competitors at different stages, facing a variety of issues, offers a complex, nuanced view, in a way that does a lot of heavy lifting for a small film.

    Nov 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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  • Man Made...won't tip the scales heavily in the other direction, but it's a poignant and worthy addition to the growing trans film canon.

    Nov 6, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Jude Dry

    indieWire
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  • A sensitive snapshot of four lives in transition.

    Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Although bodybuilding unites these four stories, it solely serves as a vehicle for the real theme of the film: acceptance and gaining control of your life back.

    Nov 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Man Made is a beautifully well-rounded documentary that treats its subject with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.

    Nov 13, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • Throughout it all, director T Cooper's film is uplifting in showing us the bravery of these emerging men.

    Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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