T Cooper; 2018; USA; 98 min.
From adoption and homelessness to navigating relationships and overcoming self-harm, the four transmen in MAN MADE all have something else in common: they are all bodybuilders. Through the lens of FTMFitCon, the world’s only FTM bodybuilding competition, we delve into the lives of Dominic, Rese, Mason, and Kennie as they define what it means to be a man while contextualizing that definition through the social, racial, and economic realities of their lives. For the men of MAN MADE, it’s not about winning—it’s about stepping on stage and being seen for everything they are.
Content Warning: Nudity/Drug Use/Discussion or Depiction of Suicide/Swearing or Verbal Abuse/Discussion or Depiction of Rape/Discussion or Depiction of Self-Harm