Born to Be

1hr 32mins
Directed by
Tania Cypriano
Dr. Jess Ting, Garnet Rubio, Naomi Vassor

Through our Virtual Screening Room, you can rent films curated by the Coolidge team, while helping to support the Coolidge during this unprecedented time.

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-conforming people have access to quality transition-related 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.

Plus, filmmaker Tania Cypriano and film subjects Dr. Jess Ting, Garnet Rubio, and Naomi Vassor joined us for a Science on Screen Q&A. Watch here or at the embedded video below:

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Deeply moving and humane.

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Frank Scheck
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Hollywood Reporter
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Heartbreaking, uplifting... a must-see.

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Norman Gidney
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Film Threat
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Intimate and highly compelling... poignant and finely tuned.

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Jude Dry
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