Naomi Campbell, It's Not Easy to Become a Different Person

(Naomi Campbell - No es fácil convertirse en otra persona)
Nicolás Videla, Camila José Donoso | Documentary, Experimental

2013 | 85 minutes | Chile

This award-winning Chilean film combines documentary and fiction to explore the life of a poor transgender woman named Yermen as she tries out to participate on a TV competition to win a gender reassignment surgery.


This award-winning Chilean film combines documentary and fiction to explore the life of a poor transgender woman named Yermen. Her neighbors think she's a witch, and her boyfriend is unsatisfied with their love life, but Yermen's fire won't be extinguished so easily. Hearing about a plastic surgery TV competition, she decides to try out to complete her gender reassignment surgery. There, Yermen meets an enigmatic woman who hopes to emulate fashion model Naomi Campbell. As the women become friends, Yermen embarks upon a path toward a major life crossroad.

Main credits

José Donoso, Camila (film director)
José Donoso, Camila (screenwriter)
Videla, Nicolás (film director)
Videla, Nicolás (screenwriter)
Yermén Dinamarca, Paula (on-screen participant)
Romero, Rocío (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Matías Illanes; editors, Nicolás Videla y Daniela Camino.

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International Film Festival of Valdivia - Special Jury Award
Iquique International Film Festival Chile - Special Jury Award
LiberCine Argentina - Best International Film
Buenos Aires International Independent Cinema Festival
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (CPH:DOX)

DIRECTOR: Nicolás Videla, Camila José Donoso


YEAR: 2013

GENRE: Documentary, Experimental


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: College, Adults



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