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SHE’S A BOY I KNEW
(Canada/ 2007/ 70 min)
Gwen Haworth

Using home movies, interviews, phone messages, and gorgeous animation, She's a Boy I Knew begins in 2000 with Steven Haworth's decision to come out to his family about his lifelong female gender identity. The film forces us to question our own assumptions about the role that names, clothing, and anatomy play in our constructions of gender.
"She's a Boy I Knew
goes where no film on this topic has dared to go before: the complex politics and emotions of the intricate, delicate web of family, friends, lovers and community. It's an eye-opening, engrossing odyssey through battles with the health care system, the physical challenges of surgeries, and the psychological pain of reclaiming one’s self and one's family… a family melodrama in the best and most political sense of the genre.” (Patricia R Zimmermann)

Script, Cinematography, Editing, Sound - Gwen Haworth; Animation - Michael A Mann, Diego Maclean; Music - Daniel E. Moxon

  • Best Documentary, Tel Aviv Int'l LGBT FF
  • Audience Award for Most Popular Canadian Film, Vancouver Int’l FF
  • Women in Film and Television Artistic Merit Award, Vancouver Int’l FF
  • Audience Choice Award for Documentary, image+nation Int’l LGBT FF
  • Best of the Fest Audience Award, ReelOut Queer Film + Video Festival
  • Top 10 in the Volkskrant Audience Award, Int’l Documentary Festival Amsterdam
  • Audience Award for Best Documentary Film, Inside Out: LG Film and Video Festival, Toronto
  • Runner Up - Best Canadian Feature-Length Narrative or Documentary, Inside Out
  • Audience Award for Best Documentary, Fairy Tales FF, Calgary
  • Riley-Metzger Jury Award for Best Documentary, Fairy Tales FF
  • Audience Award for Best Documentary, Coonnecticut GL FF


Born in Vancouver, Canada, Gwen Haworth is a transgender filmmaker and editor. She has served as a programmer and board member for
Out On Screen, which holds Vancouver's Queer Film & Video Festival. When not making films, Gwen divides her time teaching film production at post-secondary institutions, working at an emergency homeless shelter, and DJing for fundraisers and non-profit events in Vancouver's Eastside.