My name is Manon van der Sluijs and I work as a researcher for a Dutch Film production company called de Familie (the Family in Dutch) located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. De Familie produces art documentaries and feature films.
We are currently working on a historical documentary in which we will produce a historical portrait of a period in which one of the first transgender surgeons, Georges Burou, who performed the first transsexual operations during the ' 50s and 60's in Casablanca. As you know, these were times when getting sex reassignment surgery was very difficult, hardly possible, and most male-to-female transsexuals sought solace with doctor Burou in Casablanca. The women that came to him often heard of him vis a vis and knew they could come to him without any questions being asked. You had to know through the right contacts were his clinic was and how you could get into contact with him..
For our background research we are looking for male-to-female transsexuals from all over the world, who have been operated by Dr. Burou in Casablanca or people who might know them. In the last couple of months we have been able to find and talk to women in the UK, France, Germany and Spain and it has been fascinating to hear their stories. In our documentary we would like to give more insight in how the lives of the women who visited Burou changed after the operation, how they felt at that time, how their lives developed afterwards.
Did you yourself go to Casablanca or do you know of women that had their SRS in Casablanca and would you like to help me in the research? I would be very grateful for your help and would love to give you more information on our project..
Manon van der Sluijs
researcher de Familie film productions
Schollenbrugstraat 4, Amsterdam te Netherlands