Every Body (2023)
Director: Julie Cohen Run Time: 92 min. Release Year: 2023
Starring: River Gallo, Ruth Deibel, Sean Saifa Wall
Country: United States
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).See our upcoming films