There is a future language growing inside me.
Like in the olden days.
Like in the beginnings of MAN.
My social and civilized body is lost in the wilderness of pregnancy.
Like a body of language in transformation.
Words fail me but something new is about to be born.

– Maja Borg


MAN is an expansion of gender and language, a journey of physical transformation through the wilderness of pregnancy echoed by the sole remaining recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice.

The film is a truly experimental expression of form – hand-processed super 8mm film combined with watercolour-negative animation; timelapses of a pregnancy shot frame by frame, day by day; bookended by a series of self-portraits where the filmmaker is satirising her own use of particular attire, generally read as masculine, becoming revelatory when posed in the context of the pregnant body.

For a decade Borg has been exploring the semantics of visual language in her work, experimented with form to push content beyond the limits of established thought. She uses the deconstruction of language to dismantle other systems – may they be political, sexual, economic or cultural. This is the second time she draws on the essay Craftsmanship by Virginia Woolf, this time to deconstruct gender identity during her own pregnancy.

(Photo by Caroline Douglas, click image to download)



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Director & Producer

Maja Borg

UK Producer 

Ruth Reid

International Festival Contact

Theo Tsappos, The Swedish Film Institute 

© Maja Borg Filmproduktion 2016