Born to Be follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting at the groundbreaking Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City-where, for the first time ever, all transgender and gender non-binary people have access to quality gender affirming health and surgical care.
With extraordinary access, this feature-length documentary takes an intimate look at how one doctor’s work impacts the lives of his patients as well as how his journey from renowned plastic surgeon to pioneering gender-affirming surgeon has led to his own transformation.
“Deeply moving and humane. Born to Be distinguishes itself with its sensitive, humane portrait of the dedicated Dr. Ting, his hard-working staff (some of whom are transgender themselves), and his diverse patients who yearn merely to live in a body that reflects their inner identity.” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“A lively and moving documentary… Moving and fascinatingly forward-looking. What the Mount Sinai center represents is a paradigm shift, if not a revolution.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“Intimate and highly compelling… poignant and finely tuned. Tania Cypriano treats her tireless subject with utmost sensitivity. With its cinematic eye, compelling subjects, and elegant awareness of the issues, Born to Be was conceived just in time.” – Jude Dry, Indiewire