When Men Were Men
In a heavily religious Irish society a young actor struggling with gender identity has to let go of his idea of masculinity before he loses sight of who he is and those he loves.
We are Izzi Rojas and Aidan Dick and we wrote, directed and starred in WHEN MEN WERE MEN; a film about trans people by trans people- for everyone. We made this film as a way to navigate our own transness and wrestle with ideas of masculinity within our own gender journeys. The formative mission of WHEN MEN WERE MEN was to be the representation that we ourselves were seeking in film. We believe authentic trans narratives, such as ours, start in the writers' room and should continue all the way through the post. The nuances of representation on every level of production should permeate through the film filling it with varying perspectives and outlooks to truly and more authentically encapsulate a trans experience.
While we set out to make a “trans’ film, during filming, the echoes of our film’s message rang so true in the hyper-masculine halls of Ireland, we realized our experiences as two trans folx reached so much farther than anticipated. This is a trans story by trans people- for everyone. A film anyone can find themselves in. Enjoy.