Arisleyda Dilone is an intersex filmmaker and director whose piercing essay“Growing Up Intersex, All I Wanted Were Breasts–But Now I Don’t Know if I Want Them Anymore,” we shared here earlier this year. Last month, Dilone’s short film Mami Y Yo y Mi Gallito screened at Harvard University.
As Dilone said in her director’s statement for the Department of Romance Languages and Literature sponsored event:
“In making films I’ve set out to heal something inside of me. A rupture. My life’s work is to document pinnacle moments in my life and in my family. Through documentary filmmaking I create a space for participation and provide a stage for visual representation that aims to sharply interrupt generational cycles of trauma and/or simply highlight our existence.
I decided to first tell my story about my intersex body in relation to womanhood as defined by family.”
Click here to watch the trailer for Mami Y Yo y Mi Gallito or to contact Dilone regarding a screening.
Arisleyda Dilone is a writer, actor and filmmaker. She makes intimate film work about her life and her family.
She was a 2012 Jerome Foundation-Travel and Study Grant Fellow, a 2014 UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and a 2015 Queer Art/Mentorship Fellow, in which she completed the short film: Mami y Yo y Mi Gallito /Mom and Me and My Little Rooster. She was awarded a 2015 Astraea Intersex Fund Grant.
Arisleyda is a member of Diverse Filmmakers Alliance, Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and Ay Ombe Theater.