Scene from the film When I was a Boy, I was a girl
Scene from the film When I was a Boy, I was a girl
Scene from the film When I was a Boy, I was a girl

When I was a Boy, I was a girl

  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
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Goca is a transvestite in Belgrade, the capital city of a country where organizing or participating in a gay pride parade is forbidden. She is raising a daughter who is actually her niece. Although her very young boyfriend doesnt respect her, Goca still loves him and manages to retain her sunny, open-minded nature. She risks her life to earn money for the family. On her thirty-ninth birthday she decides to celebrate her coming-out on stage in front of a live audience. And so she tells them the story of her life: “When I was a boy, I was a girl." The text in this cabaret was written by Goca herself, and playwright Olga Dimitrijević. Few months after film was made Goca started to work as an activist for transsexual issue in Serbia and has founded Association Hestija.

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  • Original title
    Ja kada sam bila klinka, bila sam klnac
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Ivana Todorovic
  • DOP
    Ivana Todorovic
  • Editing
    Jelena Maksimovic
  • Music
    Drasko Adzic
  • Sound
    Danijel Milosevic
  • Duration
    30 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Montenegro
    • Serbia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • 2013 premier at Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale Shorts
    • Belgrade’s Shorts And Documentary Film Festival
    • Queer City Cinema, Canada
    • Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
    • Santo Domingo Outfest, Dominican Republic
    • Sarajevo Film Festival
    • Dokufest Prizren
    • South Eastern European Film Festival, LA
    • Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival, Ankara,Turkey.
    • Cinema City International Film Festival, Serbia
    • The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
    • Mumbai Woman’s International Film Festival
    • Perlen-Queer Film Festival Hannover
    • Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival!
    • CinEast, Festival du Film d’ Europe Centrale
    • Florence Queer Film Festival,
    • Genres d’a Cote/Pink Screens Film festival
    • Queersicht Filmfestival
    • Festival Gejevskega in Lezbicnega Filma, Slovenia
    • Makedox, Macedonia
    • Supetar Super Film festival, Brac, Croatia
    • This Human World Film Festival, Austria
    • 7th Calcutta LGBT Film & Video Festival, India
    • Human Rights Film Festival, Zagreb
    • Festival Ljudskih Prava " Ubrzaj"
    • Queens World Film Festival , NYC
    • Worldfilm, Estonia
    • EthnoFilm Festival, Rovinj, Croatia
    • Gottingen International Ethnographic Film Festival
    • MedFilm Festival, Italy
    • Motovun Film Festival
  • Awards
    • 2013 Cinematic Achievement Award, Thess International Shorts Film Festival, Thessaloniki
    • 2013 Best Balkan Documentary Film, Dokufest, Prizren
    • 2013 Best Short Film, South Eastern European Film Festival, LA
    • 2013 Best National Documentary Film, Belgrade Shorts and Documentary Film Festival is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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