Инстаграм @ivanolita Ivan Olita
As a documentary filmmaker a big part of my job is to study and research my subjects. While documenting the MUXES, a wonderful community of third gender individuals in Mexico I was able to dive deep into gender identity dynamics and for the past year I’ve spoken to countless nonbinary people as well as to professors, doctors anthropologists and psychologist on the theme. Reading that the U.S. Health and Human Services Department wants to define gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, is really puzzling, disarming and a notion that doctors and scientists abandoned very long ago. Gender is by no means defined by your sex (assigned at birth) as it is not defined by your sexual orientation (who are you attracted to) Gender identity comes from the brain, not the body, or as someone would put it: it originates between your ears, not between your legs. We should always remember that. The existence of a third gender role in many indigenous culture like the MUXES signals its importance in a broader context, we have to learn from these communities and develop a gender discourse that is global and all-encompassing. It’s not about being politically correct. It’s about a more educated and elevated approach to better understand the human condition and those who studied it before us. If you are curious, MUXES is screening @newfest in NY this weekend or you can watch it at the link in my bio.