Bee For and After – Debjani Paul

“Now it all makes sense. Because I was a girl, never a boy. Never a boy,” says the woman on screen, who goes on to introduce herself, “I’m Bee, by the way – formerly known as Charlie.” As a boy, Charlie never questioned why he liked playing with girls and Barbie dolls, even though he was teased relentlessly for it. While growing up, however, Charlie realised that it was about more than just enjoying the company of girls. He wanted to be a girl. It’s Charlie’s journey to finding his true identity as Bee, that the audience explores in Laila Khan’s film, evocatively titled Before I was Me.