Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  59 minutes
Date:  2013
Genre:  Expository
Language:  German; English; Hebrew
Grade level: 9-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
Color/BW:  Color
You must register and login to preview and purchase items.
You might also be interested in...

Man for a Day

New to Docuseek2? Please register and login to preview and/or license this film. If your institution has already licensed this film, you will need to access this page from your institution's network to watch the film. For help on using Docuseek2, please visit our help wiki.

Performance artist and drag king Diane Torr leads a workshop in which women develop male characters.

Man for a Day

Performance artist and gender activist Diane Torr has appeared on stages around the world as a drag king, performing male characters inspired by philosopher Judith Butler's theories of gender performativity. Now she holds workshops for other women in which they develop their own male characters and live as men for a day in an attempt to better understand the dynamics of gender in contemporary society.

MAN FOR A DAY brings us inside Torr's workshop in Berlin. The artist guides a group of open-minded women from diverse backgrounds-an Angolan single mother, an Israeli lesbian, a young German beauty queen, among others-through the theoretical underpinnings of her work, and helps them develop male characters of their own.

Insisting that each participant ground her character in observation, Torr takes them out to the streets of the city to watch men, noting their gestures, their gait, and their sense of ownership of the world they walk through. From these models, the women develop personas for their own characters.

Torr then helps them transform themselves: adopting the gestures and physicalities they observed, locating appropriate clothing, and concocting a voice for the character. The women then venture out into the world, travelling among strangers in public spaces, and visiting their own families, as men.

A practical, hands-on exploration of some of the key theories in gender studies, MAN FOR A DAY is an investigation, as serious as it is playful, of how masculinity and femininity are constituted today.

'Touching!' -Der Spiegel

'Provokes new questions about the way men and women interact even in societies that aspire to full equality' -The Hollywood Reporter

'Candid and humorous!' -Diva Magazine


** World Premiere, 2012 Berlinale
** 2012 Montreal World Film Festival
** 2013 Tempo Documentary Festival (Sweden)
** 2013 Open City Docs Film Festival (London)
** 2013 BFI Lodon Lesbian and Gay Film Festival


Main credits

Peters, Katarina (Screenwriter)
Peters, Katarina (Director)
Peters, Katarina (Producer)
Torr, Diane (Host)
Torr, Diane (Performer)
Schönborn, Susann (Performer)
Torhorst, Eva-Marie (Performer)
Schade, Jan Tilman (Composer)
Gut, Gudrun (Composer)
Freyer, Ben (Composer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Inga Knölke; editor, Burkhard Althoff; music, Jan Tilman Schade, Gudrun Gut, Ben Freyer.

Distributor credits

A film by Katarina Peters

Docuseek2 subjects

Gender and Sexuality
Women's Studies
Social Psychology
Social Studies
Gender Studies
Performance Art

Distributor subjects

Cultural Studies
Family Relations
Human Sexuality
Sex and Sexuality
Women's Studies


gender; performance art; Diane Torr; Man For A Day; workshop; men; women; Berlin; Judith Butler; performance studies; ,"Man for a Day",Icarus Films

Welcome to Docuseek2!

Docuseek2 is a streaming platform of the best documentary and social issue films available for the higher education community.

Anyone may search for titles and find detailed information about the titles. To preview films or license them for streaming, you must register and login.

Currently, we support online registration for anyone affiliated with a higher education institution. Please inquire if you are with a K-12 district or school or with a public library.

Click the Close button to get started!