New Irish Documentary Looks At Trans Woman's Journey Through Reassignment Surgery

Boy To Woman: A Story Of Trans Formation, detailing Nicole Barbosa-Winther's journey, will premiere in early May.

A still from the new Irish documentary featuring a woman in a hospital gown speaking to the camera

A new short documentary by a pair of Irish filmmakers depicts the journey of a trans woman, Nicole Barbosa-Winther, through the process of gender reassignment surgery.

Originally from Denmark, Nicole talks in the short about her early experiences as a teenager struggling to find an identity that fit. She credits her move to Ireland for giving her the confidence to become who she was meant to be. It was after making her home in Dublin that she started to identify and live as a woman and began to work towards gender reassignment surgery.

Nicole met Derek Carter in 2016 to be interviewed as part of his HODCast – the official Humans Of Dublin Podcast. He was struck by her openness as she told him about the challenges of living as a trans person, and she helped him to understand the nuances of the gender spectrum. When a year later she shared she would soon begin the process of gender reassignment surgery, Derek asked if he could document her journey.

With fellow filmmaker, Jamie Jay Car, the team filmed Nicole in the lead up to her surgery, documenting her thoughts and feelings, and speaking to her surgeon about what the process would entail. After the surgery, Nicole explained what happened, alongside her plans for the future.

The press release for her story states that “Nicole is a big personality, full of confidence and life, in spite of having to overcome stigma, depression and the physical and emotional demands of hormone treatment. Although Nicole has worked hard to build the body she wanted, it’s not her anatomy that defines who she is, and her journey of self-discovery is not over yet.”

To keep up to date with information on Boy To Woman you can check out its official Facebook page here and you can also listen to the podcast that inspired the new Irish documentary here. It will also screen during the upcoming TRANS-FUSION Festival.

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