Southern Circuit Film Series: Man Made; Kuhne Auditorium
Man Made takes us into the heart of the transgender male bodybuilding world, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans male bodybuilders (who like the film’s director were born and raised female), take a variety of paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta, GA). Man Made is a character-driven, intimate, and riveting competition film, but also a unique social justice narrative that speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally. The strength on display in Man Made transcends the physical – Rese is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness. Dominic locates his family of origin, confronting an alternate history for himself. Kennie admits to himself and his loved ones who and what he is for the first time in his life; and Mason, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works daily to be the man he’s always wanted to be, on both the inside and out. We trace these subjects’ emotional and physical journeys as they navigate lives as the men they are, despite very real risks inherent in a hostile political and social climate. For the men of Man Made, it’s not about winning; it’s about being seen.
Director: T Cooper