Born To Be
Film On Demand

Born to Be

in partnership with Science on Screen®
February 18 - 24, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

A fascinating and sensitive portrait of Dr. Jess Ting and his pioneering work in gender fulfillment surgery.

20/21 Hop Film

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When you rent the film, you will have through Wed, Feb 24 to watch it.
$8 public; $5 Dartmouth employees; Free for Hop Members & Dartmouth students. Become a member today >


Ting, a Juilliard-trained bass player-turned trailblazing surgeon, leads Mount Sinai Hospital's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. With compassion and candor, Tania Cypriano tells his story and that of his transgender and nonbinary patients, who come to him from all walks of life and whose journeys--on camera and off--are remarkable. 

With extraordinary access, this documentary offers an intimate look at how one doctor's work impacts the lives of his patients as well as how his shift from renowned plastic surgeon to pioneering gender-affirming specialist has led to his own transformation. Born to Be spotlights the unfailingly modest and understated Dr. Ting and his patients, who too often sacrifice their jobs, their family ties and their safety to be their most authentic selves.  D: Tania Cypriano, US, 2019, 1h32m

Born to Be Post-Film Conversation

Watch a conversation around the film with Drs. John Nigriny and Benjamin Boh; educator Grace Alden '91 and student leader Val Werner '20.

An initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

In partnership with Science on Screen®


When & how can I watch the film?

All Hop films are now presented virtually and on demand through Eventive. Once you rent the film, you will have until the last date listed below to watch it.
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“Deeply moving and humane.”

Hollywood Reporter

“A moving and fascinatingly forward-looking documentary…”

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