Documentary film | BD/DE 2017 | 54' | English/German OV with English subs

The cinematic documentary ID-clash Focusing on Hijras was developed as a part of the inter cultural performance project ID-clash by Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser on the topic of transidentity.


Male? Female? Other?

ID-clash throws the exclusive nature of the gender binary into question. As soon as one moves away from a strictly binary system of gender, countless possibilities and models of gender self-definition present themselves. The project focuses on different concepts for living and stages of transformation.

In ID-clash transgender performers from Europe and Latin America encounter with representatives of the hijra culture, the third gender, from Bangladesh. In Europe, the individual lifestyles of transgender people are shaped by opposing social attitudes that range from tolerance to rejection, tabooisation and prejudice.

The lifestyle of the hijras in southern Asia follows a centuries-old mythological tradition. Genetically speaking, hijras are generally men who have the outward appearance of women but who do not feel as if they belong to either of the two sexes. They call themselves the 'third gender'.

Director                                                  Michael Maurissens

Cast                                                          Anonnya, Melissa Marie Garcia Noriega, Katha,

                                                                  Michelle Niwicho

'ID-clash' Concept & Realisation      Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser

Costumes                                                Rupert Franzen

Technical director                                Lutz Dunsing

Project manager                                  Burkhart Siedhoff

Assistant to the hijras/Interpreter   Waseka Wahid

Editing                                                    Michael Maurissens


Producer                                                Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser Produktion

Supported by                                        Modul Dance / EU Culture

                                                                 Cologne City Council

                                                                 Arts Foundation North-Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)

                                                                 State of North Rhine-Westphalia

                                                                 Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.

                                                                 Goethe Institute Bangladesh

                                                                 Frauenkultur e.V.

                                                                 National Performance Network (NPN)