Erik & Erika
Erik & Erika presents the fascinating true story of intersex and transgender skier Erik Schinegger – a young man declared female at birth and raised as such. Writer Dirk Kämper and director Reinhold Bilgeri emphasise the beauty and power of choice in this film depicting Erik’s extraordinary courage.
Upon the discovery that he is intersex, Erik, a world champion skier, is disqualified and accused of fraud. Faced with countless pressures and preconceived ideas of normalcy, Erik struggles with both his own identity and the identity forced on him by a time and place that stigmatised anything outside the norm. Going against everything he has been taught to believe is right, Erik makes the choice to live as a man – even if it ends up costing him everything.
Ultimately, Erik & Erika is a moving story about bravely embracing your own truth in a world that has yet to accept you.