Unhung Heroes

2002 | Body Image / Gender / Representation / Sexuality / Transgender | 15m | USA
Directors: Ilya Pearlman

Unhung Heroes is a short narrative video about five FTM (female to male) transgender guys who, after discovering an internet article announcing the availability of penis transplants, plot ways to raise over a million dollars for surgery. Packed with references to films like Reservoir Dogs , and to Busby Berkeley and Peter Berlin movies, this action-packed comedy starts with the boys’ uneasy experiences of life as a “guy without a dick,” then follows their rosy fantasies of life “post-transplant,” and the crazy lengths to which they go to obtain surgery money. Fun and colorful, Unhung Heroes provides insightful commentary on the tyranny of body parts and mainstream culture’s policing of maleness from a queer perspective.