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Baby Girl

Jessica, a 19 year old student, suffers an emotional breakdown following the discovery that she was born intersex; but when she meets free-spirited Sally and her brother Charles, she realises that she can be herself and still find acceptance.

  • Selasie Djameh
    Director
  • Selasie Djameh
    Writer
  • Selasie Djameh
    Producer
  • Hillary Lois Nunoo
    Key Cast
    "Jessica"
  • Kenny Jim Parku
    Key Cast
    "Charles"
  • Anthonia M.C. Kpormegbey
    Key Cast
    "Sally"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Ghana
  • Country of Filming:
    Ghana
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Queer University Film Festival
    Accra
    Ghana
    October 27, 2019
    Ghana Premiere
  • Beijing Queer Film Festival
    Beijing
    China
    November 5, 2019
    China Premiere
  • BFI FLare
    London
    United Kingdom
    March 23, 2020
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Selasie Djameh

Selasie Djameh is a Ghanaian film director and cinematographer based in Accra, Ghana. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Motion Picture Photography from the National Film and Television Institute, Accra. 

She frequently explores themes of femininity, disability and representations of women in her work. As a feminist and a secular humanist, she is passionate about using her work to bring attention to social issues, systems of oppression and to encourage empathy and self-acceptance.

She was the 2014 winner of Face of NAFTI - a pageant where participants are judged on films they produce, and is a 2018 recipient of the Drama Queens Queer Universities film grant. 

Her short film “Baby Girl” has been selected to screen at the 2020 edition of the UK’s premier LGBTQIA+ film festival, BFI Flare.

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Director Statement

The film deals with a social issue - intersex acceptance. Intersex is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. Intersex exists in Ghana but is hidden because of stigma. In fact, intersex babies are also frequently killed at birth. My film aims to shatter the stigma around intersex and to encourage acceptance and affirm the humanity of intersex people.