Beyond the Opposite Sex

USA, 2018, 2K, 89', col.


Emily Abt, Bruce Hensel

Beyond the Opposite Sex

In 2004 the documentary The Opposite Sex was released and was the story of the process of transition which Renie and Jamie were preparing to face. Renie, a butch woman who loves sport and rodeos, is preparing to become a man; Jamie, an aspiring country singer, wants to become a woman. It was a long road of barriers, made even more arduous and painful by ostracism and by the lack of tolerance in people around them. This has scarred the two main characters' lives in a deep and permanent way. Fourteen years later, how have their lives changed? Did they achieve their goal, the goal of happiness and acceptance, which they had set themselves and had tenaciously pursued for such a long time?                                            These are questions that lead us to wider doubts and that involve everyone. One in particular is: in the end has the time come to allow everybody who wishes to follow the same path? Because as Jamie states, "Transition is what we undergo, not what we are."


Ken Schneider


Wolfgang Held


Omar Milano


Eric Holland, Eric Schopmeyer


Bruce Hensel, Stuart Krasnow, Francine Bergman, Linda S. York


Hensel-Krasnow, LLC


Bruce Hensel


Bruce Hensel


Bruce Hensel is a journalist, science communicator and author, journalist and TV presenter. Specializing in medical shows airing on the main US broadcasters, such as NBC and Channel 4, he has been awarded numerous prizes, including 12 Emmy Awards.

Emily Abt


Emily Abt began her career in cinema in 2001 with the documentary Take It from me, followed by several films such as All of Us (2008), the dramatic feature film Toe to Toe (2009), which was nominated for the jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Daddy Don’t Go (2015). As well as working as a film director, Abt teaches documentary filmmaking at Princeton University.