Born to Be

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Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Rating:Not Rated
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Jess Ting
Cashmere Vassor
Mahogany Phillips
Garnet Rubio
Jordan Rubenstein
Alicia Rubenstein
Shawn Kamari Frederick Sr.
Director:Tania Cypriano
Producer:Michelle Koo Hayashi
Music:Troy Herion
Cinematographer:Jeffrey Johnson
Editor:Christopher White
Scott K. Foley


For the first time ever, transgender and gender non-conforming people have access to quality transition-related health and surgical care. With extraordinary access, an intimate look at how one doctor's work impacts so many lives.

Dr. Jess Ting (he/his), who attended The Julliard School before medical school and a residency in plastic surgery, says that learning to do gender-affirming surgeries is like learning an entirely new medical specialty because of the complexity of the anatomy and organ systems. Born to Be profiles Dr. Ting, his pioneering surgical practice, and several patients as they transition at the groundbreaking Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City. These amazing people give intimate access to the process of their transitions, their disappointments, and their triumphs. By going into the operating room and into the hearts and souls of the people on both sides of the procedure, Tania Cypriano’s powerful film provides a captivating look into a fascinating and complex issue. – Kelly A. Harrison

Included Shorts

Parachute (14min) More