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P(L)ain truth

DVD:
15 min; 4:3/1:1,66; b/w + color; Dolby Digital 5.1; DVD-5; PAL; No regional coding
BOOK:
16 paper + 16 plastic pages + special cardboard fold-out; approx 50 b/w & color images/ montages; custom box; 160 x 190 mm

P(L)AIN TRUTH tells the story of a transsexual and her/his transformation from a biological woman into a biological man. P(l)ain Truth De Luxe DVD +Book uses extreme visual –-infrared photography, experimental graphic design and fi lmmaking-- means to describe her/his emotions during the different stages of the painful tranformation process.

P(l)ain Truth exists somewhere between the realms of memory, fiction and reality. It uses a constant, quick-changing flow of images and sounds. There are no interviews or dialogue, and the only words appearing alongside the visual narrative are clinical, medical concepts, as well as some psychological questionnaires superimposed on the images. The music emphasizes the emotional intensity and contradictions inherent in the images.

P(l)ain Truth is “a symbolic documentary”, which comments on the relationships between gender, sexuality and biology.
 

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Gender Questionnaire

P(L)AIN TRUTH – DE LUXE DVD +BOOK
Photography & design by ILPPO POHJOLA
Authoring HEIKKI SALO
Authoring facilities METRONOME 
AC3 PETER NORSTRÖM
Color grading MARKO TERÄVÄ
Models JYRKI HUTTUNEN &
NORA SCHULLER
Production assistants EVELIINA KOIVULA + KATI NUORA + KIRSI REINOLA
Translations MIKE GARNER
Repro SCAN-VITAL
Printing ART-PRINT
Thanks to JUHA-PEKKA LAAKIO
Production support AVEK, FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION

 

Also available as 

P(L)AIN TRUTH – Special Edition DVD
(C-EYE106 ISBN 952-5368-06-8)

DVD: 15 min; 4:3/1:1,66; b/w + color; Dolby Digital 5.1; DVD-5; PAL; No regional coding
BOOK: Not included