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Transexuality is a hot topic, but what few Westerners realize is that living as another sex isn't new - in some places, it's tradition. Read more

New York, NY Documentary
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Transexuality is a hot topic, but what few Westerners realize is that living as another sex isn't new - in some places, it's tradition.

New York, NY Documentary
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Over the past decade, transsexuality and gender dysphoria have become hot topics, but what few Westerners realize is that in many parts of the world, a woman living as a man or a man living as a woman isn’t boundary busting - it’s tradition. A cinematic journey through the rituals of two very different cultures, He/She/He will change the way the viewer thinks about gender. Our journey begins with the sworn virgins of Albania, a group of women who have taken a vow to live as men. Often the head of their family, these women have all the responsibilities of the male sex in a patriarchal culture. Due to increased urbanization, only a handful of these women are left. Next we will travel to Samoa to meet the Fa’afafine. As children, these boys decide to take on female roles and were honored for doing so. Today, the Fa’afafine have fallen on hard times with the encroachment of Western cultures and its attendant prejudices. Many have turned to prostitution to survive. Your donations will go directly into the second leg of our journey and help us continue to give voices to the voiceless and capture their stories before they disappear forever.

For more information visit our website: http://heshehefilm.com/

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    A super cool "Sworn Virgin" T-shirt & a Thank You on the website.

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    A DVD, a "Sworn Virgin" t-shirt & a Thank You on our website.

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    A numbered 8x10 Film Still, a DVD, a "Sworn Virgin" t-shirt & a Thank You on our website.

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    A numbered 11" x 14" film still, a DVD, a "Sworn Virgin" t-shirt & a Thank You on our website.

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    A gift certificate of $200 (only two available) to Ula Sport (http://www.ulasport.com/), plus a DVD, a "Sworn Virgin" t-shirt & a Thanks on our website.

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    Dinner for two at Cafeteria in New York City with Jill and Alix, plus a DVD, a "Sworn Virgin" t-shirt & a Special Thanks credit at the end of the film.

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    A day of wakeboarding & skiing for two in Southampton, NY on the McLovin, a state of the art Mastercraft X-15 SS (driver will be provided), plus a DVD, a "Sworn Virgin" t-shirt & a Special Thanks credit at the end of the film.

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    Sunset Sail for four from Sag Harbor, NY plus a DVD, a "Sworn Virgin" t-shirt & a Special Thanks credit at the end of the film.

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    An original, limited edition Albanian Bunker photograph by Alix Lambert, 30"x40", numbered & signed OR an original, limited edition "Sworn Virgin" portrait by Jill Peters, 30"x40", numbered & signed. Plus a DVD, a "Sworn Virgin" t-shirt and a Special Thanks credit at the end of the film.

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    A four-day weekend in a dazzling two bedroom condo in South Beach with views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline plus a DVD, a "Sworn Virgin" t-shirt and a Special Thanks credit at the end of the film.

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    Dinner at Soho House in NYC with Jill, Alix and an actual "Sworn Virgin" from the film. An Albanian to English Translator will also be included if desired. Plus a DVD, a "Sworn Virgin" t-shirt and Special Thanks credit at the end of the film.

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    One full week in a tropical 4 Bedroom hilltop Villa in the coastal village of Nosara, on the Guanacaste Peninsula, Costa Rica. Plus a DVD, a "Sworn Virgin" t-shirt & a special Co-Producer credit on the film.

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