EnFemme is not just a documentary about crossdressing in the Catalan context. EnFemme (as a woman) is the name of the private club in Barcelona that has been a shelter and has pushed and accompanied many to step forward in their lives. This project witnesses the birth of this community.
The project shows the links inside the club, the support to personal identity and body projects, the recognition of the others' pain and desire, as well as the links with their families. The documentary aims to create alliances between people and groups working for the acceptance of the free body presentation and gender expression, together with the eradication of the gender violence and the LGTBIphobia.
Video in English subtitles below
Cooperatives, associations… Collaborators
Associació Benestar i Desenvolupament | Associació Candela | Associació Drac Màgic | Associazione Culturale Sudtitles | Centre de Cultura de Dones Francesca Bonnemaison | Chrysallis, Asociación de familias de menores transexuales | Cooperativa Fil a l’agulla | EnFemme | Generem! Associació Trans* | Grup de Recerca en Exclusió i Control Social, UB | ideadestroyingmuros | Institut Català d’Antropologia | Observatori Contra l'Homofòbia | Pol·len edicions | Trànsit, Servei de promoció de la salut de les persones trans
What is the documentary about?
With the boom of the Internet, a group of individuals that start thinking of themselves as cross-dressers emerges. They were not fitting with the travestí, the iconic image left by the sexual liberation movements during the late Francoism or "Transition".
The documentary aims at revealing the silences of a life experience that has remained hidden for years. It deepens into the complexity of the decisions once the persons are exposed "out of the closet" after twenty, forty or sixty years. It browses among the doubts, fears and opportunities that emerge in the family as the "Secret" comes to light: I like to dress like a woman. The documentary also addresses the difficulty of sustaining the ambivalence of gender in our society.
EnFemme is above all an attempt to reveal the shared feelings, the solidarity and the collective caring and healing practices at the club. The documentary shows the importance of the erotic enjoyment and pleasure when dealing with gender expression and identity. Although the experience of the Secret is the main bond of EnFemme, the club has finally become a second family for most of the members.
Some of the main characters
“Soul” of EnFemme and president of the club for nine years. She is a reference in the international “cross-dresser community“. She is the linking host for the newcomers to the club. Her drive, together with others, has eased the entry of the cross-dressing scene into the political movements pushing for the despathologization of the Trans identities. She succeeded in including the discrimination of the gender expression in the debates of the Law 11/2014, devoted to protect the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex and to eradicate homophobia, the biphobia and Transphobia, at the Catalan Parliament.
She always finds a small slot in her agenda to come to EnFemme to get dressed. She is more than sixty and is co-director of a company. Shortly after marrying, she tried to share the experience of cross-dressing to her wife. The refusal led her to continue the cross-dressing in secret. Month after month she saves a little money, which spends on clothes, makeup, travel, holidays, etc. She has traveled to London to visit icons such as the Way Out club or the shop Transformation.
She lives in Barcelona. She is in her happy forties doing research in a scientific institution in the field of Natural Sciences. The skin of her gender is fluid, and flips from black to white and viceversa, without passing through gray. For years she shared the experience of dressing up with her previous couple. She has met other groups in Madrid, Paris or New York. She is a beginner activist and member of the Generem! Trans* Association.
Xesca i Carme
Married couple living at Poblenou neighborhood, Barcelona, for over 30 years. Xesca has opened a craft beer brewery and Carme is a primary school teacher. Five years ago Xesca revealed to Carme that she was cross-dressing. All sorts of questions popped up to her: "are you gay?", "will you become a woman?" "How far will you go?". Last question was "then, who am I?”. The relationship became a roller coaster until recently. The growth as a couple and the involvement of their daughters have placed themselves fighting for the rights of cross-dressers and trans* people.
Activist and psychologist at "Trànsit", a health service for transgender people at Barcelona. She has an extensive experience in therapeutic support to cross-dressing, transgender and gender diverse people, as well as to their families and educational environments. For a long time she has driven therapy groups for transgender people at the club EnFemme and at Casal Lambda.
The crew, who are we?
Director, Co-writer, Producer: Alba Barbé i Serra
Script editor: Laia Manresa Casals
Director of photography: Mar C. Llop
Editor: Zoraida Rosselló Espuny
Sound editor: Pol Galofre Molero
Compositor: Clara Peya
Color correction: Maria Escala Ribas
Curricula are shown at the webpage of the documentary
Calendar of the project
PHASE 1, Development / Pre-production: October 2012 - March 2016 (Implemented phase)
Budgeting and fundraising strategy
Planning for production.
PHASE 2, Filming: March 2016 - May 2016
PHASE 3, Post-production: May 2016- September 2016
Translation / Subtitling
PHASE 4.1, Distribution: February 2016- April 2016
Web design/ Crowdfunding Campaign
PHASE 4.2, Distribution: Novembre 2016 - March 2017
Social Media Campaign
Festival Distribution / Specialized networks
Presentations / Awareness campaign
Documentary premiere expected: December 2016
We need your contribution to meet the schedule!
What we are going to do with your funding?
The contributions of this campaign will be used for filming and post-production of the documentary.
• Sound edition
• Color correction
WHAT IF THE OBJECTIVE IS EXCEEDED
It will be fantastic!
The remaining will be devoted to the soundtrack, subtitling and disseminating the project
• If 12.000 euros is collected… Translation and subtitulation
The documentary will be in Catalan. It will be subtitled to Spanish, Italian, French and English. Subtitulation for deaf people is foreseen.
• If 14.000 euros is collected… We are going to include 2 musicians to the soundtrack!
• If 17.000 euros is collected… Dissemination to general audience, social agents, specialized networks, alternative circuits alternatius and festivals!
When will I have my reward?
The rewards will be given personally at the premiere or will be sent by conventional mail.
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