I’m Just Anneke (2010, 11 min)

I’m Just Anneke

Anneke is 12. She loves ice hockey and has a loving, close-knit family. She’s also a hardcore tomboy. Everybody who meets her assumes she’s a boy. That makes puberty even harder for her than most girls.

Anneke’s not sure if she wants to be a girl, a boy, or something in-between when she grows up. To give her more time to decide, her doctor has put her on a medication that suppresses the hormones that are causing her body to change before she’s ready.

Even though she’s been rejected by her friends and struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, Anneke is determined to be her true self. To do that she’s decided to maintain a fluid gender identity—she wants to make sure her insides matches her outsides. “I’m Just Anneke” looks into the heart of a new generation of children who don’t always fit into a binary conception of gender.