One of the movies in this year's Cinema One Originals Film Festival will give light to the unpopular and rarely talked about gender identity in the LGBTQIA+.
Metamorphosis is the first Filipino film that features a main character Adam, played by indie actor Gold Azeron, that will represent intersex people, or people born with both male and female genitalia.
"Two out of 2,000 na ipinanganak ay intersex, and I think we need to represent them finally sa film kasi wala pang nag-rerepresent sa kanila—to spread awareness about intersexuality.
"We have this labels na lalaki at babae lang, pero these (intersex) people exist," said the writer and director Jose Enrique Tiglao from the behind-the-scene video posted on Cinema One’s YouTube channel.
Living in a Christian and conservative family, Adam grew up and expressed himself as a boy. The conflict then started when he reached adolescence and had his first menstruation.
Director Jose Enrique said that having films that open a discussion about intersexuality will help break the stigma and promote acceptance of this particular group in the community.
"I think it is important to finally represent them kasi sobrang nagla-lack tayo ng representation sa mga ganitong klaseng tao. Kaya ang nagiging tingin natin sa kanila, taboo, weirdo, or parang hindi sila normal, pero normal sila, they exist and we just need to understand them," he explained.
Watch the behind-the-scene video here:
Joining the cast members are Iana Bernardez, Yayo Martinez, Ivan Padilla, and Ricky Davao.
"It's all about his realization of how he identifies himself and what he identifies himself with," said actress Iana.
Metamorphosis will be competing along with other movies such as Yours Truly Shirley, Lucid, O, Sila Sila, Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo, Tia Madre, and Utopia. Cinema One Originals Film Fest will happen from November 7 to 17.