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Every Body (2023)

Opens on June 30

Director: Julie Cohen Run Time: 92 min. Release Year: 2023

Starring: River Gallo, Ruth Deibel, Sean Saifa Wall

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

World Premiere, 2023 Tribeca Film Festival

From Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Julie Cohen and in partnership with NBC News Studios, Every Body (2023) is a revelatory investigation of the lives of intersex people. The film tells the stories of three individuals who have moved from childhoods marked by shame, secrecy, and non-consensual surgeries to thriving adulthoods after each decided to set aside medical advice to keep their bodies a secret and instead came out as their authentic selves.

Actor and screenwriter River Gallo (they/them), political consultant Alicia Roth Weigel (she/they), and Ph.D. student Sean Saifa Wall (he/him) are now leaders in a fast-growing global movement advocating for greater understanding of the intersex community and an end to unnecessary surgeries. Woven into the story is a stranger-than-fiction case of medical abuse, featuring exclusive footage from the NBC News archives, which helps explain the modern-day treatment of intersex people.

“a timely exploration of gender… a must-watch for anyone from a marginalized community or anyone looking at the current political landscape we’re in.”

—Kristen Lopez, The Wrap

About the filmmaker:

Julie Cohen is an American producer and filmmaker. In 2019, she received an Academy Award nomination and won a Primetime Emmy Award for RBG (2018) which she co-directed with Betsy West. The due went on to craft three more compelling documentaries – My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021), Julia (2021), and Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down (2022). Before starting her own production company, Better Than Fiction, Cohen was a staff producer for Dateline NBC. Her other documentary projects include The Sturgeon Queens (2014), which screened Berlin, and Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing (2013).

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