21st Century Cinema
Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth
Directed by Jeanie Finlay • 2019 • United Kingdom
Starring Freddy McConnell
Freddy is thirty and yearns to start a family, but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges: he is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality of pregnancy, as both a physical experience and one that challenges society’s fundamental understanding of gender, parenthood, and family. Freddy quickly realizes that what to him feels pragmatic, to others feels deeply confusing; this was not part of his plan. Against a backdrop of increasing hostility toward trans people, Freddy is forced to confront his own naivete, mine unknown depths of courage, and lean on every friend and family member who will stand by him. Made over the course of three years, SEAHORSE: THE DAD WHO GAVE BIRTH follows Freddy from preparing to conceive right through to birth. It is an intimate, audacious, and lyrical story about conception, pregnancy, and what makes us who we are.
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