Yellow for Hermaphrodite: Mani’s Story


The harrowing but eventually uplifting story of Mani who is neither man nor woman.

In nature there have always been individuals who are simply different, Mani Mitchell is one of those.  Mani was born with what doctors call “ambiguous genitalia” she’s a hermaphrodite.  This is the story of a New Zealander who’s neither a man nor a woman.  But who sees herself as a unique combination of both.

Mani reflects that “my life hasn’t been ordinary and it hasn’t been boring, it has been utterly extraordinary and most of that is because I was born intersexual.  Now in saying that, I’m not saying for a moment that I’m glad all those terrible things that happened, but I guess we have lives and I stand and reflect on mine and it has been a very extraordinary life and I’m absolutely determined that however many years that I have left, that it’s going to be bloody wonderful.”

Mani’s whole life has been a journey and this documentary Yellow for Hermaphrodite: Mani’s Story follows her journey to discover who she is.

We follow Mani as she goes to America to meet her friend David – another intersex person.  Like Mani he grew up believing he was the only person in the world whose genitalia were different, but then he found Mani and Mani found him.  Mani was raised as a girl, David as a boy.

 “One of the great survivor stories” – Jane Bowron, Dominion Post

(Best Documentary, 2004 Qantas Media Awards). 


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Production Details

Producer: John Keir

Associate producer: Dianne Lindesay

Thanks to: Mani Bruce Mitchell

Dedication to:  Mani’s parents: Ruth and Doug Laird

Exec producer: Tony Manson

Network exec: Irene Gardiner

Director: John Keir

Writer: John Keir

Script Editor: Jim Mora

Researchers: Jasmine Pujji, Dianne Lindesay

Online Editor: Gordon Godinson

Offline Editor: John Fraser

Production manager: Toni Williams

Production assistant: Lornelle Henry

DOP: Swami Hansa

Sound: John Patrick

Narrator: Jim Mora

Production accountant: Jeanette Wiles-Cromie

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TVNZ