Film by Jeanie Findlay premieres at Tribeca Film Festival before heading to HotDocs
A trailer has been released for one of the most intriguing documentaries coming to the Tribeca Film Festival this month.
Seahorse tells the story of Freddy, a 30-year-old British trans man who chooses to become pregnant and bear his own child. Jeanie Findlay directed the film; executive producers are Oscar-winning director Orlando von Einsiedel (The White Helmets, Virunga) and Charlie Phillips, head of documentaries at The Guardian.
"Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality of pregnancy, as both a physical experience and one that challenges society's fundamental understanding of gender, parenthood and family," note the filmmakers. "He quickly realizes that what to him feels pragmatic, to others feels deeply confusing and confronting."
"It's like a total loss of myself," Freddy says at one point during his pregnancy. "I just want to close my eyes and be on the other side of it."
Seahorse premieres Saturday, April 27 at Tribeca. It is scheduled to play at the HotDocs Film Festival in Toronto on April 30.
The trailer has racked up 12,000 views in less than 24 hours. Click to watch it:
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.